23 PWDs receive wheelchairs-A A +A
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
TWENTY-three persons with disabilities (PWDs) received wheelchairs donated by the Church of Christ of the Latter-Day Saints through the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) office at the city hall grounds on Monday.
The recipients are members of the Katipunan ng may Kapansanan sa Pilipinas (Kampi), the group that made the assessment of who should be given the wheelchair.
The CSWD’s role was to give the organization a list of deserving beneficiaries, whose bodies were measured so their physique can match with the right wheelchair.
Most of the PWDs were given the standard pale-colored wheelchairs while the others received the ‘rough rider’ type that has robust row-heels.
“Ang persons with disability ang mo-measure tapos sila sad ang (then they will) mo-recommend sa Latter-Day Saints. Kay usahay man gud, ang bata kay tagaan og dako kaayo nga wheelchair, so maglisod gyud. Sukdan gyud og tarong (There were times that the PWD is given a wheelchair that is bigger than them making it difficult for them to use it. There should be proper fitting and measurement),” said Reynaldo Mercado, vice president of Kampi.
Mercado is a retired government employee who used to work at the National Irrigation Administration (NIA). He was an engineer but now an advocate of helping others.
Mercado has a difficulty in walking, but he wants to help others who are in the same situation as he is.
He is grateful that some of his fellow PWDs finally have their own wheelchair.
“Nalipay kaayo ko ug pati pud akong mga kauban kay naa na jud mi’y mga (My companions and I are happy because finally we now have our) wheelchair. Mas gaan ang lawas kung naa ka’y saktong malingkuran. Nalipay sad ko kay nalipay akong mga kauban (The body feels lighter if you can sit on something comfortable. I am also happy because my colleagues are happy),” says Reynaldo.
Reynaldo hopes that more people will help them so that more PWDs can also sympathize with how they feel.
As a non-profit organization, Kampi has been helping differently-abled people through the years.
The group had not only distributed wheelchairs to PWDs but also walking staffs, crutches and the like.
Teddy Sabugaa, CSWD officer, said their office has also helped facilitate the transporting of wheelchairs from Manila to the city.
“We tap our linkages in Manila if where can we get the wheelchairs. We then ensure the transport of the wheelchairs like shipping payments and other expenses. We make sure that we assist them."
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on April 22, 2014.