CATBALOGAN CITY- The Local Government of the city of Catbalogan headed by the Persons with Disability Federation of Catbalogan in partnership with the Catbalogan City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) headed by CSWDO Head Nida Aroza and in cooperation with the Samar State University (SSU) held the 2nd Mayor Stephany Uy Tan Paralympic 2018 last July 12-14, 2018 with this year’s theme “Forget Disability, Got this Ability”.
In her message, Catbalogan City Mayor Stephany Uy Tan said that the city government of Catbalogan never stops in providing equal opportunity in terms of programs and services for Persons with Disabilities to allow themselves to act as part of the society.
Randy Pacajalden, SSU CASPED Director said that the university is in one with the city government in providing an equal opportunity to the Persons with Disabilities especially to their students. He also announced the plan of the university to conduct a research on the cultural and sports background of Persons with Disabilities.
Sports played are badminton by the orthopedic, deaf and mute men and women, dart competition, 50 and 100 meter run, shot put, discuss throw, swimming competition, volleyball, table tennis (men), chess (men) and the basketball played by deaf warriors as champion together with the mixed cavaliers.
The three-day sports activity started with the lighting of Paralympic flame which signaled the start of the game and ends with a victory ball with cultural presentation which showcased the talents of the Persons with Disabilities and the distribution of prizes to the winners of different games.
Rickfel Panican, from Barangay Guinsorongan who won the men’s bathroom and dart competition said that being a member of the Federation give him more self-confident to be with other people inspite of being just in his room for the whole day.
Lydia Dacles, from Barangay Pangdan said that the Federation makes her feel that she can do whatever other people with no disability can do.
The Paralympic is part of the celebration of the 40th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week in the city of Catbalogan.