The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte joins the nation in celebrating the 39th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week Culmination in Mindanao Civic Center Gymnasium on July 21, 2017. Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo and 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo along with Vice Governor Maria Cristina N. Atay, and Board Member Grecille I. Matalines were present in this important occasion to show their support to Persons with Disabilities in the Province of Lanao del Norte.
Board Member Matalines extends her gratefulness to all PWDs who were present in the gathering. The Provincial Government is looking into the welfare of all disabled persons in the province; a demonstration of how Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo along with Vice Governor Cristina N. Atay and the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan loved the PWDs in Lanao del Norte.
PWDs should not lose hope with their current physical conditions for God has reasons why He let us live in this beautiful and challenging world. “Everything that happens in this world has a purpose” said BM Matalines. Each one of us should ask the Lord of what is our purpose here on earth the Board Member added. Discrimination and insensitivity towards PWDs must not be tolerated and should be buried into oblivion.
Vice Governor Maria Cristina N. Atay said that the people should accept that we are all the same. We should treat each other equally despite of other persons’ disabilities. The Provincial Government is making ways to equally provide medical assistance to all provincial hospitals in order to enhance the services and efficiency in attending to the medical needs of all the residents of Lanao del Norte and especially to persons with disabilities. The program of handing out equipments that the PWDs needed for their day to day activities like wheelchairs and other necessary devices will be continuous. According to Vice Governor Atay being disabled is not a hindrance, the true disable are those people who has bad personalities.
Guest Speaker HRH Putri Bai Marieta Nor-Aisha P. Mindalano-Adam, MTDCP President/CEO, Muslim Aid Resident Agent for the Philippine Mission. In her speech she said, “It is important first of all, to resist the temptation to think in terms of US or for THEM, instead we must remind ourselves that disability is part of human condition. All of us either will become disable to one degree or another during the course of our lives”.
Disabilities are not only considered through physical conditions, it can also be measured on how an individual handles sadness or frustrations that comes in his or her life; there are people who do not know how to accept these trials or happenings. According to HRH Mindalano-Adam, we are all the same, we live, we eat, we breath the same air. We should not be ashamed of ourselves for the disabilities that we have. All disabled people have the right to enjoy the same human rights on an equal basis; in all areas for life including equal access to education, employment and ability to participate as full citizen in our respective societies.
HRH Mindalano-Adam promised to present the PWDs of Lanao del Norte to their organization and hopes that it could send aid to create sustainable livelihood programs to every PWD association in the province. The Muslim Aid where HRH Mindalano-Adam is connected is based in London and they have their Main Office in Manila and Sub-Office in Cotabato. The Princess also thanked the Local Government Units who have helped in providing assistance during relief operations in some municipalities of Lanao del Norte.
Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo asked Annabelle S. Mendez, head of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office to include in their budget the assistance needed by the PWDs in Lanao del Norte after the Governor joyfully danced along with the PWDs from the Municipality of Baroy. The Governor including the Vice-Governor and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan will do its best to provide additional assistance to PWD associations in every municipality to have their own plan on what they would like to do with the aid coming from the provincial government. Governor Angging plans to meet every PWD association in a forum for both parties could come into agreement before the Provincial Government will allocate the necessary budget of every association. Every association will make their own business strategic plan and the provincial government is ready to provide technical assistance.
“The next time we commemorate the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation, I really would like to hear from each organization, the testimony of how you were able to improve the assistance that the Provincial Government has extended to your organization”, Governor Angging said to the PWDs present inside the MCC Gymnasium. This assistance symbolizes trust and partnership between your organization, the Local Government Units and the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte. The development and progress that the province is having right now is because of the unity of all residents of Lanao del Norte the Governor said. Governor Angging, 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo and 1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo including the Municipal Mayors have worked hard for years to achieve the current situation of the province where peace and order is enjoyed by the people of Lanao del Norte.
The Provincial Governor expressed her appreciation to the local government unit of the fourteen municipalities who showed their support to the PWD associations in their area. The Governor reminds the people that this is a team effort. All stakeholders must work together to achieve the common goal. Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo in her words, “The prosperity that the province has achieved is not only for us, but above all, for the people of our beloved Province of Lanao del Norte, The Land of Beauty and Bounty”.
Congressman Abdullah thanked Governor Angging for her untiring efforts in providing assistance to those who are in need, and also expressed his gratitude to the guest speaker who came to give inspirational talk to the PWDs of Lanao del Norte. The good Congressman told all PWDs to support Diodie Alota, PWD President, in order to make the organization stronger by the day. PIO-LDN