Baguio observes White Cane Safety Week
BAGUIO CITY, Aug 3 (PIA) - - The city government of Baguio, through the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), in partnership with other government agencies and persons with disability (PWD) organizations and institutions, joins the national observance of White Cane Safety Week.
Under Republic Act 6759 or the White Cane Act, every August 1 is observed in the country as White Cane Safety Day to promote and protect the physical, moral, and social well-being of all handicapped persons, such as the blind.
For the city, it will be a week-long observance from August 1 to 6, and the celebration adopts the theme, "Kaisa Ka, Kasama Ka, May Pakialam Ka," which aims to spur more public awareness and support on the rights of PWDs.
Several activities were scheduled including a parade and program last August 1, but due to the inclement weather, it was instead fellowship day among PWDs at the CSWDO Silungan Center.
On Thursday, despite the continuous rain, the kapihan forum for the White Cane Safety Week pushed through.
According to Social Welfare Officer Betty Fangasan, the kapihan has now become a venue for partner agencies and PWD organizations and institutions, as well as media practitioners, to listen and discuss about the plight of PWDs in the city.
Fangasan disclosed that pursuant to the Magna Carta for PWDs, they have so far issued 1,386 PWD identification cards in Baguio. The ID entitles its bearer of the privileges and discounts of a PWD under the law, such as 20 percent discount on transportation, medicine, and hospitalization and five percent discount on basic commodities.
In line with this, she reiterated governmentâ€™s call to pharmacies/drug stores, hospitals, and other commercial establishments to respect the rights and privileges of the PWDs and give special attention to them and assure that they are part of the society and nation building.
As for other programs for the PWDs, Fangasan assured that in partnership with other concerned government agencies and private stakeholders, they are continuously giving livelihood and skills trainings, as well as other assistance that PWDs and their families need.
Other partner agencies that attended the said media forum were officials/representatives of the Department of Health, Department of Trade and Industry , Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Education, and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.(JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)
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