Despite the ill-effects of the COVID-19 pandemic to the community, persons with disability (PWDs) in Bataan are not left out in the programs and services of the Provincial Government of Bataan (PGB), national government agencies and other stakeholders.
In its virtual meeting today, the Bataan Provincial Council for Disability Affairs (PCDA) reported its accomplishments last year that serve the needs of PWDs.
Accomplishments include awarding of mobility and assistive devices, conduct of livelihood training programs such as fish processing, canning and hand sanitizer making, and capability seminars.
One of their recent projects launched in December 2020 is the PGB Wheelchair Repair Shop, a first of its kind in the country that offers maintenance and repair services of assistive devices used for mobility of PWDs.
For the month of January, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) reported 11 wheelchairs and other mobility devices were already assembled or repaired in the said shop. Two of the 11 repaired devices were donated to other beneficiaries.
As of now, the repair shop caters free of charge to PWD beneficiaries of PSWDO, however PCDA members decided to provide free labor services to non-beneficiaries if new parts or materials will be provided by the client.
PSWDO Head and PCDA Vice Chair Marilyn Tigas assured that they will continue to empower the PWDs in Bataan and promote their welfare and development in line with the vision of Governor Abet Garcia to build an inclusive and progressive future for every Bataeño