The National Historical Commission of the Philippines expresses solidarity with the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) and persons with disability (PWD) throughout the Philippines in celebrating the 44th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week.

With the theme “Working with Government in Achieving Equal Access to Education, Employment and Livelihood towards Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities”, the event aims to stimulate public awareness on the issues of disability and promote disability rights, thereby encouraging everyone to take an active participation in uplifting the economic and social conditions of persons with disabilities and further enhance their integration into the mainstream of society.

NDPR Week is set on every third week of July by Proclamation No. 361 signed by President Joseph Ejercito Estrada on 19 August 2000. It culminates with the birth anniversary of Apolinario Mabini who was best known for overcoming his disability to inspire Filipinos with his writing while the nation was building up a republic independent from foreign rule.

On 15 July, Friday, the NHCP Museo ni Apolinario Mabini PUP conducted a webinar on the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons with Atty. Rhealeth Krizelle D. Santos, Chief of the NCDA’s Programs Management Division, as speaker. The webinar can be watched at this link: https://fb.watch/ekKsRsq-Lx/.

On 17 July, Monday, the NHCP joined the National Parks Development Committee, Salute to a Clean Flag Movement, and NCDA in the monthly Stop and Salute Flag Ceremony in Rizal Park Luneta, Manila. OIC-Executive Director Carminda R. Arevalo and Deputy Executive Director Alvin R. Alcid led the NHCP’s contingent and awarded tokens of appreciation to the event’s honorees.

On 23 July, Saturday, the 158th birth anniversary of Apolinario Mabini will be celebrated at the NHCP Museo ni Apolinario Mabini Tanauan and NHCP Museo ni Apolinario Mabini PUP through flag raising and wreath laying ceremonies.

The NHCP continues to accommodate PWDs through the installation of PWD-friendly infrastructure in its Central Office and museums. Some of its museums feature webinars and audiovisual presentations with Filipino Sign Language interpretation, as well as tactile exhibitions and panels with Braille text through a partnership with Touch the Artists’ Vision of the Rotary Club of San Juan.

The NHCP is the national government agency mandated to promote Philippine history through its museums, research and publications, and to preserve historical heritage through conservation and the marking of historic sites and structures.

 

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This article integrates a release from the NCDA.