In observance of the 38th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week on July 17 to 23, 2016, the Girl Scouts of the Philippines joins the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) in celebrating Girl Scouts with Special Needs: “Karapatan ng Maykapansanan, Isakatuparan…Now na!” with a meaningful program on July 22, 2016, at the Josefa Llanes Escoda Hall, NHQ, Manila.
“Masarap makita na ang mga Girl Scouts na walang kapansanan at may kapansanan ay sama-sama at isang grupo… Dahil sa totoo lamang, matagal din na panahon na aming nararanasan na naiiwan sa isang tabi ang may kapansanan sapagkat iniisip na wala kaming magagawa at makakayang gawin dahil sa aming kapansanan,” said Ms. Virginia Rabino from National Council on Disability Affairs during her inspirational message. She also mentioned that discrimination will stop if we act now, and the role of the youth with or without disability on acting change for the inclusive society is very important.
The NDPR week is commemorated yearly by virtue of Proclamation No. 361 dated August 19, 2000. A corollary presidential issuance, Administrative Order No. 35 was issued by Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on May 3, 2002, “directing all government and non-government agencies to promote and conduct relevant activities during the annual observance of the NDPR Week.”
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