La Trinidad, Benguet – In celebration of the 40th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week, the Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) of La Trinidad, Benguet together with the Federation of Persons with Disability of La Trinidad with the support of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) led the celebration thru an orientation on “Disability Inclusion and Rights of Persons with Disability”.

This years NDPR week celebration theme is “ Kakayahan at Kasanayan para sa Kabuhayan tungo sa Kaunlaran”

One hundred fifty (150) persons with disability from the sixteen (16) barangays of La Trinidad attended.

“This activity was conceptualized to contribute and promote the full employment of persons with disabilities and to tackle barriers and gaps, facilitate stakeholders’ cooperation, develop innovative approaches and support human rights-based initiatives for the economic development of persons with disabilities”, said Ms. Jill Malinggan, PDAO, La Trinidad, Benguet.

Orientation on Disability Inclusion and Rights was made by Mr. Abner Manlapaz, President of Life Haven for Independent Living.

Children and youth of Special Education (SPED) School in La Trinidad made cultural presentation during the program.

A message from the office of the mayor was delivered  thru the municipal administrator Atty. Miller Quintin. He noted that the municipality of La Trinidad is doing some initiative to comply with the law in terms of the needs of persons with disability, and that they are doing their best to prioritize their needs such as ramps and reasonable accommodation for venue selection if there are activities. He also said that the presentation of Mr. Abner Manlapaz was an eye-opener that there are still things that they need to do as public servant for this sector.

The program ended with a closing remark from municipal Councilor Arthur Shontogan, “Thank you Mr. Manlapaz for opening our mind and heart that these sector really need our attention and yes it is true that sometimes we neglected this sector and there is no excuses for that, we will do our best to comply with the law.”

Other activities this  week include the ‘Trade Fair’ to launch the different products and services of Persons with disability they will sell  their own produced such as Preserved strawberry jams, candies, Knitted bags, wallets, sweaters and hats and ornamental plants and the massage service of the Blind Association of La Trinidad,Benguet.