“Bilang mga lider, tungkulin nating alamin ang mga kakayahan ng mga PWDs sa ating lugar. Wag lang tayong mag-focus sa mga kapansanan.”

These were the parting words of Ms. Cheryl Arellano, Manager of the Davao Jubilee Foundation during the Leadership Seminar for presidents of PWD (Persons with Disability) Barangay Association in Tacurong on December 10, 2014.

According to Arellano, it is good to know the disabilities of PWD-members but leaders must not forget to conduct skills inventory. This way, the association will be able to plan for livelihood and employment opportunities. “Maari nyo itong gawin kasama ang CSWD na palaging sumusuporta sa inyo,” Arellano added.

“Bisan sa nubo nga panahon sang sini nga seminar, nabal-an namon ang amon katungdanan isip lideres,” said Poblacion PWD Association President Wilfredo Gerasmo. “Kinahanglan gali nga panlantaw kita hindi lang sa panimalay kundi sa aton komunidad,” Gerasmo added.

Arellano also encouraged PWD leaders to come up with a vision for their associations. “Dapat alam nyo ano ang vision nyo; saan nyo gustong pumunta bilang grupo. At wag nyong gagawin ito mag-isa,” she said. Arellano also stressed unity and cooperation among leaders and members.

According to the LGU’s PWD Focal Person Kathy Mae Catalan, the City Committee on Disability Affairs aim to develop skills of PWD leaders so that they can further strengthen their respective organizations. “Gusto natin na buo yung boses ng mga PWDs at maging maayos ang relasyon nila with the barangay officials,” said Catalan.

In the afternoon of December 10, the City Social Welfare and Development Office conducted an orientation on PWD rights among Punong Barangay of the 20 barangays in Tacurong City.
(LGU-Tacurong City Information)