On February 4-5, 25 wheelchairs and 25 quad canes were given to Persons with Disability (PWD) in Rosario and Batangas City. This promoted enhanced independence and mobility among recipients.
First day included the handing over of quad canes and 20 wheelchairs to the beneficiaries by 4th District Board Member Mabelle Virtusio, PSWD Officer Rowena Casabuena, PMFTC CA Rey Corona, and representatives from JVOFI.
Distribution of remaining wheelchairs happened the following day through house visitation. JVOFI and PMFTC partnered with the Rotary Club of San Pascual and Red Cross.
“The cane is a big help for me since I can barely walk without the assistance of someone else. Since I experienced difficulty in walking, I lost interest in going out. Even our neighbors were wondering why I was seldom seen attending occasions,” expressed Generosa Hornilla, a PWD.
Hornilla added that the cane could help her do laundry and other chores. She will no longer hold on to something for mobility.
One of the PWDs said that they shouldn’t be shown pity but be treated as normal person. He said that they need more government attention instead.
“It was such a relief for I finally have a wheelchair but our family cannot afford to buy one. Now, we hope that the next higher ups will promote the Magna Carta for PWDs,” he exclaimed.
The PWD stressed that discounts for their sector particularly medicine costs should be given by Pharmaceutical companies. Government establishments should construct inclined ramps so they could process civil documents on their own.
The activity was funded by the PMFTC Inc. as part of its CSR programs under Community Management Fund implemented by the Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc.// #IPL with reports from Kris Palupidan