June 20, 2024

BONTOC, Mountain Province – The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) donated a computer set to this municipality, the first locality in the Cordillera to benefit from such donation.

The computer set is seen to help in the local government’s efforts to create a database of persons with disability.

NCDA Regional Programs Coordinator Randy dela Cruz Calseña said the computer set will help in the collection and uploading of PWD-related data of the town.

The computer set, which Mayor Franklin Odsey received from the NCDA, was turned over to Municipal Disability Affairs Officer Maria Codeo last week.

Codeo thanked the NCDA for the computer set, saying the donation is timely as the Municipal Disability Affairs Office (MDAO) is gathering the data of PWDs in Bontoc to be inputted in the Philippine Registry System.

The office has so far inputted the data of 806 PWDs in the Philippine Registry System.

Codeo added the organization of PWDs and their registration to the Philippine Registry System will help the PWDs strengthen their group and learn to assert their rights as stipulated in the Magna Carta for Persons with Disabilities. 

Odsey said the creation of the MDAO has paved way for better delivery of services and improvement of the PWD’s well-being. 

He added PWDs in the barangays of Bontoc are being organized and their respective associations will be registered with the Department of Labor and Employment. 

There are nine types of disability – deafness or difficulty of hearing, intellectual disability, learning disability, mental disability, orthopedic disability, physical disability, psychosocial disability, speech and language impairment, and visual disability. – Christy Mae F. Che-es and Alpine Killa-Malwagay