ZamboSur SP to allocate P 7-M budget for PWDs

PAGADIAN CITY, Dec 21 (PIA) - To provide adequate care for people with disabilities (PWDs), the provincial government has launched programs and projects that will benefit the said sector in order to improve their living conditions despite their physical disabilities.

This was revealed by Vice Governor Roseller Ariosa, keynote speaker before members of the Zamboanga del Sur PWD Federation during the 28th International PWD Day held recently at the Executive Function Hall, Provincial Capitol Complex in this city.

Ariosa said the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) approved the provincial ordinance NO. 031 series of 2020 entitled ‘Establishing the persons with disabilities affairs office (PDAO) in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, defining its organizational structure and appropriating funds.’

Under the ordinance, Ariosa said the Provincial Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) will be one of the departments of the provincial government that will address the needs of the PWD sector in our province.

He proudly announced that the ordinance was adopted and also implemented in the municipalities of Molave, Dimataling and Dumingag and is believed to be of great benefit and service to PWDs.

The vice governor was also happy to announce that the SP will spend P7-M on their proposed 2021 budget for the PDAO office to truly serve the PWDs.

"We are hopeful that with the establishment of PDAO under the management of Mirriam Llanos, our PWDs will be properly cared for," Ariosa said.

He added that the SP also supported the proposed legislative measures that would benefit the PWDs, namely: House Bill No. 7571 otherwise known as PWD Financial Resilience Act that seeks to institutionalize the provision of financial assistance and protection for PWDs and House Bill No. 5896, the Universal Accessibility Act of 2019 that mandates the application of universal design, principles and standards, and policies for the creation of free environments, transportation and facilities to ensure and enhance the dignity, independence, mobility, safety, and convenience of PWDs.

"At our level, the SP will pass a resolution supporting the speedy approval of the proposed measures so that the privileges and benefits can be enjoyed by you — the PWDs," Ariosa proudly announced.

"Rest assured that we look into your welfare and whatever programs, projects and activities that Governor Victor Yu intends to adopt, we will give our all out legislative support," Ariosa concluded. (RVC/GCC/PIA9-Zamboanga del Sur)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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