ILOILO CITY, July 16 (PIA) -- The Department of Health (DOH) - Center for Health Development in Western Visayas is spearheading a health fair and forum intended for persons with disabilities (PWDs) from the provinces of Iloilo and Negros Occidental this July.
The health fair for Iloilo province will be held on July 18 to 19 at Punta Villa Resort, Iloilo City while the health forum for Negros Occidental province will take place on July 23 to 24 at Nature's Village Resort, Talisay City.
DOH-CHD 6 Health Program Researcher John Michael Anes said around 200 PWDs are expected to participate in the health fair and avail free health services like medical consultation and dental and eye check-ups during the 2nd quarter meeting of the Regional Committee on Disability Affairs (RCDA), July 11.
Anes said the health fair will also be an avenue for invited experts to talk about public health issues such as mental health and anti-bullying.
Around 200 PWDs from Negros Occidental will attend the health forum with topics such as "Why Hire a PWD?" and Diabetes Awareness and Substance Abuse.
Representatives from Commission on Higher Education and Department of Public Works and Highways will also provide updates on scholarship program for PWDs and implementation of Batas Pambansa Blg. 344 or Accessibility Law during the forum.
Anes said the activities are collaborative efforts of DOH and other member agencies of the RCDA VI to bring free and accessible health services to PWDs as the country observes the 41st National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week slated July 17 to 23.
In Western Visayas, Anes said the week-long observance will be opened by a Women with Disabilities Forum on July 17 at Robinson's Place in Pavia, Iloilo.
Around 100 women PWDs from the six provinces in the region will engage in discussions on Women Reproductive Health, Personality Development and Entrepreneurship by the resource persons from the Iloilo Provincial Health Office, Department of Labor and Employment and Department of Trade and Industry.
Another activity for the 41st NDPR Week is the distribution of assistive devices to identified and assessed persons with cerebral palsy from the city and province of Iloilo on July 30 to 31.
Anes said the DOH, in coordination with Walk and Work Foundation, Physicians for Peace, Latter Day Saints Charities and University of the Philippines - PGH and the local government units of the city and province of Iloilo, conducted an assessment of the beneficiaries for these assistive devices last February.
According to PWD focal persons from the different provinces in the region during the meeting, they have also lined up activities in their respective areas to highlight the celebration with the theme, "Lokal na Pamahalaan: Kabalikat sa Pagtupad ng Karapatan ng mga Taong May Kapansanan."
Relative to this, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Ano issued Memorandum Circular No. 2019-101 encouraging all local government units to support the observance by raising awareness of their constituencies on the plight and potentials of PWDs with the intent to create an enabling environment that will allow PWDs to enjoy productive lives. (JBG/laf/PIA6-Iloilo)