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Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Mayor James ‘Bong’ Gordon Jr. handed out ID cards to Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) on September 16, 2008 at the lobby of the Olongapo City Hall. Joining him in handing out the ID cards were City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) chair Gene Eclarino and Councilor Ellen Dabu.

The cards were given to PWDs of all ages to enable them to avail of the benefits and privileges PWDs are entitled to and to recognize and respect their rights.

In his message, Mayor Gordon encouraged the PWDs to enagage in livelihood projects and become model citizens despite their disabilities.

“Iniisip natin na sana yung mga may iba’t-ibang disabilities ay malaman natin para yung iba pwedeng maging radio station managers or announcers, yung iba na may mahuhusay na mga kamay, hinihikayat natin na pumunta sa ating livelihood office,” explained Mayor Gordon.

“Ang ating Panginoon ay ginawa tayo na may purpose sa mundo,” added Mayor Gordon. “Dapat lagi tayong lumalaban, kaya nga ang slogan natin ay ‘Fighting for Excellence!’. Lumaban tayo para manalo tayo.”

“Marami pong salamat sa mga tulong na ibinibigay ninyo sa may mga kapansanang katulad ko at sana po ay tuloy tuloy pa rin po ang pag-tulong ninyo sa amin,” said Rogelio Escobar a PWD who alsom competed in wheelchair races around the country and in Japan.

“Napakalaking tulong po sa amin ito at malaking opportunity po ito para sa mga disabled na binibigyang halaga ang mga ganitong bata. Maraming salamat po!” said Glenda Cajulis, a mother of a child with a disability.

The ID cards are in accordance with Resolution No. 56, Series of 2008 passed by the Sanguniang Panglungsod. The resolution supports and implements R.A. 9442 or an ‘Act Amending R.A. 7277 Otherwise Known as the ‘Magna Carta for Persons with Disabilities as Amended and for Other Purposes’’.

The PWD ID cards enables PWDS to avail of certain privileges and benefits including 20% discount in the purchase of medicines, dental and medical service, hotels, and restaurants and recreation centers. The card is recognized nationwide.

Mayor James ‘Bong’ Gordon Jr., City Councilor Ellen Dabu, and City Social Welfare and Development (CSWDO) chief Gene Eclarino while handing out ID cards to Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) on September 16, 2008 at the lobby of the Olongapo City Hall.


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