THE City of Zamboanga joined the celebration of the 44th National Disability Rehabilitation and Prevention (NDPR) Week.

The celebration in this city kicked off with a mass at the Saint Ignatius de Loyola Parish at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 17, in Tetuan village.

The celebration of the NDRP week is from July 17 to July 23 with the theme “Empowering the Persons with Disabilities through Responsive Policies, Programs and Services.

A motorcade followed around the city’s main thoroughfares at 1 p.m. from Pettit Barracks to KCC Mall del Zamboanga where the opening program was held.

The City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) said that the celebration of the DDPR week is a coordinative effort with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Health, Philhealth and other persons with disability (PWD) stakeholders.

During the week, several other activities are slated to include the series of orientations on the new programs for the PWD sector by the DOH and Philhealth and the first-ever PWD Job Fair to be conducted by the DOLE, through the Public Employment Service Office.

The celebration is pursuant to Proclamation 361 issued on August 19, 2000, declaring the third week of July as the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week which shall culminate on the birthdate of the Sublime Paralytic Apolinario Mabini on July 23 each year. (SunStar Zamboanga)

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