Contributed by By Mar Jay S. Delas Alas, PIA-Bataan
BALANGA CITY, Bataan — A total of 12 persons with disabilities (PWDs) in Bataan received tri-wheelchairs during the Celebration of International Day of PWDs.
The Latter-Day Saints (LDS) Charities Philippines, Inc. donated the mobility devices worth Php 60,000 each while the Provincial Council on Disability Affairs identified the 12 beneficiaries.
“What we did is just a small part. You great people who work with others with disabilities do the hard work,” missionary Elder Singleton of the LDS Charities said to beneficiaries.
Provincial Disability Affairs Office head Rolando Cortes said beneficiaries are those with orthopedic disability and have contributed significant services in the community.
“We identified PWD leaders in each municipality who deliver services to their fellow PWDs. The wheelchairs can support their livelihood and do more services to our people,” Cortes added.
Samahan ng Taong May Kapansanan sa Bataan President Elenita Cruz, one of the beneficiaries, said that the tri-wheelchair will help her efficiently serve other PWDs especially those in the far flung areas in the community.
Prior to the event, LDS Charities recently signed a memorandum of agreement with the provincial government of Bataan represented by Governor Albert Garcia. Under the agreement, about 300 wheelchairs and other assistive devices will be distributed to PWDs in the province.