April 5, 2019, Filed under Press Release

Pangasinan PWD Summit gains active participation of PWD sector


Lingayen, Pangasinan — Providing an avenue for Persons With Disabilities (PWD) in the province to update themselves on their rights as well as to resonate their concerns, the provincial government has again gathered the PWDs in the annually-held Pangasinan PWD Summit.

Addressing the PWDs of the province in the two-day summit held at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center on March 26-27, Governor Amado I. Espino, III lauded them for their vital roles and significant contributions in the society.

Assuring the full-support of the provincial government to the PWD sector, Governor Espino thanked the parents, guardians, and relatives of the PWDs for their patience, understanding and unconditional care to the Pangasinenses needing special attention.

“I am lost for words. Dahil alam ko po ang mga hirap nyo. Tanggapin nyo po ang aking taos-pusong paghanga at pagkilala sa inyong lahat. Naway hindi kayo magsawa sa pag-aalaga sa ating mga family members,” the provincial chief executive said.

Governor Espino disclosed that the provincial government at present is making arrangements with the Department of Energy as project partner for the development of more STAC buildings in the province.

Aside from having them trained on online PWD registry, and constitution and by-laws ratification, the summit — attended by PWDs and members of various Stimulation Therapeutic Activity Centers (STACs) — featured the search for the Most Talented STAC beneficiary group which competed in the folk dance contest.

Mangatarem STAC group won the folk dance contest, followed by Bani, and Malasiqui.

Meanwhile, David Bulario, president of Pangasinan Federation of PWDs, noted the importance of staging the annual summit for PWDs as an avenue for them to update their knowledge on their rights, as well as to introduce to them socio-economic opportunities that they could engage themselves in.

It was learned that through the Pangasinan Provincial Employment and Services Office, the PWDs will be provided with free-of-charge skills development program through the Mobile Skills Training Project.

Bulario took pride of the solid performance of Pangasinan PWDs in the Philippine Sports for the Differently-abled (PHILSPADA), a national sports spectacle for PWDs.

Fully-supported by the provincial government, PWD Team Pangasinan has already captured the over-ll championship twice, amassing the most number of gold medals in a field of hundreds of participating delegations.

Last year, the 66-member athlete Team Pangasinan harvested 15 gold, 16 silver, and 5 bronze medals.

/Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca
with reports from Tiffany Ferrer (Photos by JC, JZP)

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