As part of the celebration of the 41st National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation week, the Department of Social Welfare and Development National Capital Region (DSWD NCR), in partnership with the Federation of Persons With Disabilities, the Regional Committee on Disability Affairs, and the City of Malabon, spearheaded the 2nd Regional Search for PWD Got Talent, held at Robinsons Town Mall on July 27, 2019.

Exhibiting the theme of the 41st NDPR week entitled, “Lokal na Pamahalaan: Kaakibat sa pagtupad ng Karapatan ng May Kapansanan,” the PWD Got Talent was conceptualized and organized by the Department to demonstrate the capacities and exceptional talents of the members of the sector as well as to serve as a vehicle of information for programs being implemented by government agencies and organizations of and for PWDs that promote their inherent rights.

John Roby Rojo and Gracille Anne Tarroquin, Information Officers I of DSWD NCR, while distributing IEC materials

Given the objective of this activity, the Social Marketing Office of DSWD NCR took the opportunity to conduct an Information Caravan to promote the programs and services of the twelve (12) Centers and Residential Care Facilities (C/RCFs) of the Field Office which may cater to needs of the PWD sector. Information and Education Campaign (IEC) materials such as flyers and brochures were distributed to stimulate public awareness and encourage citizen participation and cooperation on the programs of the Department that address disability issues and concerns.

Ashley Santiago, Person with Visual Disability from Valenzuela City

Around forty (40) contestants from different Local Government Units within NCR showcased their talents and competed for the awards. Ashley Santiago from Valenzuela City bagged the 1st place in the Children Solo Category while the VALSPED Band won the grand prize for the Children Group Category. Moreover, Raynalou L. Cabarloc won in the Adult Solo Category while the Dreamers Squad got the 1st place in the Adult Group Category.

With the success of this event, the DSWD NCR will continue to conduct various activities that will highlight and uplift the rights of the PWD sector, as part of the government’s mandate as duty bearer in providing equal opportunity, equal treatment, and empowerment to PWDs, for them to confidently take part in nation-building. ###

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