The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VIII, through its Persons with Disability (PWD) Program, extended full support to the recent celebration of the 44th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week through various activities to create public awareness and promote the rights of the PWDs in education, employment, and livelihood.

This is for the improvement of their economic condition and further enhance their integration into the mainstream society.

One of the said activities is the Organizational Meeting of the Eastern Visayas Regional Federation of Persons with Disabilities at the DSWD FO VIII Conference Room, Palo, Leyte, wherein DSWD FO VIII Assistant Regional Director Natividad Sequito shared an inspirational message and provided directions to the implementers and stakeholders.

Moreover, PWD Program focal person Ben Calzado discussed updates on government programs specially the salient features of various laws supporting persons with disabilities.

Meanwhile, Standards Section Jestoni Gallardo shared on the Administrative Order relative to the Registration, Licensing, and Accreditation of Civil Society and Peoples Organizations.

Department of Health (DOH) Regional Office VIII representative Marvyn Mendoza discussed the Online Registration System updates in compliance to Republic Act 11228 providing for the mandatory Philhealth coverage for all Persons with Disability.

Another highlight is the distribution and awarding of assistive devices in San Jose, Northern Samar.

Furthermore, partner local government units including Tacloban City, Ormoc City, and Basey, Samar, conducted various socio-cultural activities related to the NDPR week celebration.