Asia-Pacific Aug 5, 2011
Catarman, Northern Samar, Philippines: As one of the three agencies of the government which undertakes major infrastructure projects, the primary task of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is to see to it that construction and establishment of buildings, institutions or public utilities must comply with the requirement as mandated in the Accessibility Law or Batas Pambansa Bilang 344 or “The act to enhance mobility of disabled person by requiring certain buildings, institution, establishments and public utilities to install facilities and other devices.”
It is on this context that the DPWH Northern Samar First Engineering District (NSFED) held an orientation on Accessibility Law and the Universal Design Concept with the Municipal Engineers of Northern Samar 1st District covering 14 out of 24 municipalities of the province.
The activity highlights the observance of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week, where the NSFED allocate a day for the purpose. Part of the activity is a half-day fun time with special children from the Catarman SPED Center.
During the program, these children mostly sight and hearing impaired interpreted and rendered a song to the delight of the audience which somehow moved and made them aware of the gifts these children possess.
According to District Engineer Pua, this is a silent gift given to us, the gift of understanding and compassion and we have to be responsive to their needs as person with dignity. That is why, we encourage everyone to take responsibility in uplifting the economic and social conditions of Persons with Disabilities of our community and society.
Accordingly, the DPWH aims to serve as a vehicle of information for programs implemented by the government for person with disabilities that adhere to the promotion of the inherent rights and issues of persons with disabilities.
As per Department Order, DPWH nationwide was enjoined to support the observance of the 33rd National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week following the public policy which aims at paying tribute to millions of Filipinos nationwide and recognizing their valuable contributions in nation-building with a primary objective to stimulate public awareness on disability problems and concerns particularly issues on disability, prevention, rehabilitation and equalization of opportunities for persons with disabilities.
In compliance, the DPWH Northern Samar First Engineering District (NSFED) came up with the activities such as; hanging of streamers, conducting a Family Fun Day of Persons with Disabilities, holding an orientation on Accessibility Law and Universal Design Concept and other sports activities participated in by DPWH NSFED officials and employees teamed up with identified special children.