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Thursday, July 21, 2016

DSWD: 29,346 poor Bicolanos have disability

LEGAZPI CITY, July 21 (PIA) – The recent household assessment conducted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) revealed that 1.3 percent or 29, 346 of the 2, 340, 468 poor individuals in the  Bicol region have disability.

DSWD Bicol Director Arnel Garcia cited the said data as one of the guest speakers during the opening ceremony of the National Disability and Prevention (NDPR) week celebration held July 18 at the Albay Astrodome.

Garcia said Camarines Sur posted some 10, 620 persons with disability (PWDs), the highest among six provinces in the region, followed by Albay with 6,658, Masbate 4,233, Sorsogon 4,015, Camarines Norte 2,777 and Catanduanes 1,043.

Garcia added that aside from this data, the Listahanan have records on individuals with functional difficulties such as seeing, hearing, caring, walking, remembering and communicating.

Listahanan is DSWD’s information management system that identifies who and where the poor are.

He noted that disability is a general term used to depict difficulties in functioning experienced by a person with health condition in interacting with his environment.”

“Therefore, a person with difficulty in functioning may experience activity limitations, which means difficulties in executing bodily functions such as mobility, seeing and hearing or cognition that limit their activities in the everyday environment and life. Difficulty in functioning may range from no difficulty or slight to severe difficulty or cannot do at all,” Garcia explained.

He furthered that for the Bicol region, DSWD is piloting a project for PWDs in Ligao City called Community Action and Resources for Accessible, Better and Leverage Environment (CARe-ABLE) for PWDs.

“The project aims to provide interventions to PWDs and to reduce barriers for greater access to resources both from the government and non-government sector,” Garcia said.

This year’s NDPR Week is celebrated on July 17 -23 with the there “Karapatan ng may kapansanan, Isakatuparan…Now na!” which focuses on the realization of the fundamental freedoms and rights of persons with disabilities as provided for in existing international mandates and national laws.

The weeklong celebration aims to stimulate public awareness on disability and encourage every citzen to take active responsibility in uplifting the economic and social condition of PWDs in the country. (MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2571469088161/dswd-29-346-poor-bicolanos-have-disability#sthash.r48n5i0n.dpuf

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