The celebration of the 37th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week on July 21 in Tacurong City was highlighted by the positive energy of the PWD Federation members in attendance, young and old. The support of community volunteers and partner-agencies also added to the liveliness of the event.
It was a reunion of some sort. This may be the biggest event that PWDs attend every year.
The day was not all about their difficulties and disabilities; it was about togetherness, and awareness. It was a celebration of their potentials and capabilities.
Richard Larupay of Barangay Tina challenged his fellow PWDs to step forward and not sulk in the corners.
“Wala sang liye nga nagabawal sa aton nga gamiton ang aton skills. Hindi naton ni dapat pagtaguon. Hindi kita mahuya,” said Larupay. Larupay delivered a testimony of how he was able to use the vulcanizing livelihood assistance extended to him by Rotaract Club of Talakudong (RAC-Talakudong) to augment his family’s income.
Luciano Angaw and Larupay, both visually impaired received vulcanizing tools and equipment from RAC-Talakudong just this year. They are running their own shops.
“Through this celebration, we want PWDs to draw inspiration from each other,” stated Kathy Catalan, PWD Focal Person of the LGU.
PWD Federation-Tacurong Vice President Domingo Tacaisa also requested his fellow PWDs to be more participative. “Wala nagasawa ang LGU nga magbulig sa aton. Ipakita man naton nga ginabuligan naton ang aton kaugalingon. Hindi man kita mag-iyahay, mas maayo nga maghugpong guid kita,” Domingo addressed his fellow PWDs.
Tacurong NDPR Week celebration PWDs in various activities: motorcade, opening program, parlor games, and a singing contest. The LGU even organized the 1st Miss NDPR pageant for ladies who are members of the deaf and mute group. More so, the Davao Jubilee Foundation conducted free hearing and physical assessment for everyone.
PWDs cheered, danced, played, learned, and had fun.
City Council for Disability Affairs (CCDA) Vice Chairperson Councilor Jose Remos Segura and SP Committee Chairperson on PWD Councilor Charito Collado assured the PWDs that the LGU will not grow weary in involving the PWD sector in its development programs.
In 2014, the CCDA organized the CCDA to carefully look into the needs and safeguard the rights of PWDs in the city. (Jez Billano, LGU-Tacurong City)