As part of the National Women’s Month Celebration last March, the Regional Committee on Disability Affairs (RCDA) – Caraga, chaired by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office Caraga, recognized the observance of the 17th Women with Disabilities Day.
Pursuant to Section 14, Article II of the 1987 Philippine Constitution, the State shall is compelled to recognize the role of women in nation-building and shall ensure to uphold the fundamental rights of every man and woman. Women with disabilities are no different from the rest of the people in the society, thus they too should enjoy the same rights, benefits, and protection prescribed by law. With this, the DSWD, together with the RCDA-Caraga fully commemorated the 17th Women with Disabilities Day, as supported by Proclamation No. 744 (2004).
This year’s celebration banners the theme “Women with disabilities in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.” (Pamumuno ng Kababaihang May Kapansanan: Pagkamit ng Pantay na Kinabukasan sa Mundong may COVID-19). Prior to the launching of the celebration, a mass was held at the Immaculate Conception Parish Libertad, Butuan City.
During the kick-off program held last March 29, 2021, OIC-Regional Director, Ramel F. Jamen, warmly welcomed the participants. Engr. Emerito L. Rojas, the Executive Director of the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) also delivered a message of thanks to all those who are supporting the celebration. Christine Podadera swas onhand to interpret (through sign language) the message to the deaf/mute joining the celebration.
During the celebration the RCDA and DSWD Field Office Caraga provided nine (9) wheelchairs, facemasks, and vitamins to Women with Disabilities affected by the tropical storm Auring in San Miguel, Tandag City, Mainit, and Jabonga.
DSWD FO Caraga and RCDA – Caraga believes that women with disabilities deserve equal protection to their rights. Their full participation and inclusion in all fields of endeavors are brought about by international mandates and national policies instituted for their empowerment. It is up to government to uphold these rights and provide them the necessary opportunities and services due them.