City gov’t, DSWD inks MOA to benefit PWDs

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the local government have forged a partnership, which is set to benefit and uplift persons with disability (PWD) in five pilot villages in Zamboanga City.

The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed on Friday by Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar and DSWD officials headed by DSWD-Zamboanga Peninsula (Western Mindanao) Regional Director Araceli Solamillo.

The MOA formalizes the partnership between the local government and the DSWD for the Community Action and Resources for Accessible, Better and Leverage Environment (CARe-ABLE) for Persons with Disability.

Under the MOA, the program will be rolled out in five pilot villages, namely: Mampang, Taluksangay, Arena Blanco, Sangali, and Labuan.

The five villages will be the recipient of monitoring as well as enhanced social protection projects and activities for PWDs.

Salazar said the local government fully supports the protection, upliftment, and inclusion of PWDs in the City.

Salazar further expressed her commitment to ensure the City’s compliance with the accessibility law.

Marilyn Moral of the DSWD’s Social Technology Bureau said the CARe-ABLE intends to make a change in the lives of PWDs.

Moral said the program is implemented in two regions -- Bicol Region and the Zamboanga Peninsula Region -- in the country.

Moral noted the selection of Zamboanga City as a beneficiary was because of the strong support exhibited by the local government and villages leaders to its PWDs and its program. (Bong Garcia)

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