Center To Continue Serving Kids With Disabilities
ROXAS CITY, Capiz (Sept. 9) -- Children and young adults with disabilities in Roxas City and some parts of Capiz province will continue to benefit from the services of the training and development center here.
This after, Roxas City Vice Mayor Ronnie Dadivas, who represented mayor Angel Alan Celino, fully accepted responsibilities for the sustainability of the Breaking Barriers for Children and Young Adults with Disabilities (BBCY) training and development center in Roxas City.
Said project is a joint endeavor of the Katipunan ng Maykapansanan sa Pilipinas (KAMPI), Inc. and the Danish Society on Polio and Accident Victims (PTU) funded by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA).
Dadivas acknowledged the great help of said stimulation, therapeutic, training and development activity center in building the self confidence, education, empowerment and development of persons with disabilities to becoming more productive and assets rather than liabilities of the society.
He stressed that they are planning to institutionalize said program in the city by including the same in the formulation of the annual budget appropriation.
Roxas City is among the four pilot areas in the country by the KAMPI and PTU where a BBCY training and development has been established. The other pilot areas include Iloilo City, Tuguegarao and Dagupan.
The BBCY center here has been serving nearly 200 children and young adults with disabilities since its establishment in 2008.
Prior to the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between KAMPI and the Roxas City government which was witnessed by the Danish PTU delegates and the turnover of the said center, some children with disabilities and parents expressed their appeal to the city officials to accept and sustain the operation of the project for the welfare of said disadvantaged and vulnerable individuals like the persons with disabilities (PWDs).
On the other hand, heads and representatives of the different national agencies such as Department of Trade and Industry, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Education, Capiz State University, Department of Social Welfare and Development and other agencies gave their pledge of commitment for the promotion of rights and equal opportunities for PWDs as well as for the development and empowerment of young adults with disabilities by sustaining the TDC in Roxas City. (JBG/PIA6-Capiz)