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Marcos declares July 17 to 23 as ‘National Disability Rights Week’

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President Marcos has declared July 17 to 23 of every year as the “National Disability Rights Week” in fulfillment of the Philippine government’s commitment to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

According to the two-page Proclamation No. 597 signed by Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), through the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), was instructed to lead, coordinate and supervise the “National Disability Rights Week.”

The NCDA is also tasked to identify the programs, activities and projects for the celebration.

All government agencies and instrumentalities, including government-owned or -controlled corporations, state universities and colleges are directed to observe the celebration. Local government units, non-government organizations, and private sectors are encouraged to observe the same.

President Marcos said the Philippines is committed to supporting the UNCRPD in its goals to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all

persons with disabilities, and to encourage respect for their inherent dignity.

In signing the law, President Marcos highlighted the need to amend Proclamations No. 1870 and 361 to be consistent with the purpose of the UNCPRD and to promote a rights-based approach on the “National Disability Rights Week.”

Proclamation No. 1870 (s. 1979) declared the third week of July as the “National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week while Proclamation No. 361 (s. 2000) declared July 23 as the culmination of the NDPR Week, commemorating the birth of the Sublime Paralytic, Apolinario Mabini.

President Marcos said “Proclamation Nos. 1870 (s. 1979) and 361 (s. 2000) are repealed along with all other issuances, orders, rules and regulations inconsistent with Proclamation No. 597.


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