Capitol to reorganize PWD groups

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Friday, February 21, 2014

PERSONS with Disability (PWD) employed at the Provincial Capitol of Misamis Oriental will receive P50,000 as a startup amount for their operations to establish and restore the province-wide organizations of PWDs.

Cora Sabejon, a person with disability who is working in the provincial office, said part of the amount would be spent on fixing the capitol’s ramps.

She said the present ramps constructed at the Provincial Capitol are not conducive for PWDs.


Sabejon added that the amount would also be spent for their group’s daily operations and in organizing the PWDs in the entire province.

“Before we do not have funds to fix the ramps that hamper PWDs from entering the provincial office, but now, we will ensure that entering this office will come easy for them,” said Sabejon.

The association will also work hard through its allotted budget to make their organization sustainable and attend to the needs of the PWDs in the province, she added.

Sabejon said there is a need to reorganize the PWDs in every municipality from Magsaysay to Lugait since there has been a change in the administration of the Provincial Government.

Emlyn Sabanal, provincial social welfare and development officer, said through the amount their office would conduct a disability inequality training this coming May.

“Other than that, livelihood trainings will also be conducted for PWDs,” said Sabanal.

She said a committee on sports specifically for the PWDs would be established in every municipality to engage them and become more active.

Sabanal said the office would pick sports-minded PWDs from the municipalities, train them to compete at the local and national levels.

She confirmed that while other municipalities already have their structure, some municipalities in the province are in the process of reorganizing the PWDs.

She said at present there are around 30 PWDs who are working at the provincial office.

Christine Cabiasa, provincial information officer, said Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano announced the allocation to the PWDs during the flag ceremony Monday.

Cabiasa said the provincial government is expecting that once the PWDs in the provincial office will be funded for its operations, it will spread throughout the municipalities.

The Capitol Employees with Disabilities Association (CEDA) was organized September last year.

She added the plans of the province will not only cover the government employees with disabilities, but this will also go to the differently-abled persons.

“At present, the P50,000 will be for the operations of CEDA that will be added with the same amount soon for their operations of the provincial formation,” said Cabiasa.

Cabiasa revealed that the budget for the whole operation is still in the office of the governor.

She added that the present allocation was just the beginning that is intended to address their needs at work and the operations of their organization.

Other than that, Cabiasa said Emano is planning to transfer his office on the first floor of the provincial building.

She said the governor does not want PWDs to go upstairs just to lobby their concerns to him.

Cabiasa said this will also make the governor accessible even to the senior citizens who would like to talk to him.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on February 21, 2014.

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