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UMWAD Project Newsletter April 2010

UMWAD Project Newsletter April 2010

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Umwad Panay
Panay CBR Project’s Newsletter Issue 1, April 2010
Participants of the project development workshop were all smiles at the conclusion of the 3-day activity
In its quest to develop a project in a participative manner, the Handicap Inter-national (HI) Panay project team worked with partners of the 5 target local government units (LGU) in Panay Island during the Project Development Work-shop held at Eon Centennial Hotel in Iloilo City from Feb. 10-12, 2010. The work-shop aimed to define the project work plan for 2010 in a consultative manner as well as to provide capacity building to Disabled Peoples Organization (DPO) and Community-based Rehabilitation (CBR) focal persons of the LGUs of Batad, San Dionisio, & Concepcion in Iloilo province, and Barbaza & Laua-an in Antique province on how to develop a project using the logical framework approach. Originally, the plan was to develop a project following the local inclusive de-velopment (LID) approach and focusing on the three main actors of LGU, ser-vice providers, and DPO. However, due to the upcoming May 2010 elections and expected changes in LGU leaderships, it was decided that for this year, the focus will be on developing the capacity of DPO to become integral ac-tors in the implementation of their municipal CBR action plans. Thus for the 3 days, the participants worked hard to develop a logical frame-work that centers on improving DPO skills particularly in fund raising, advocacy, event organizing, and effective communication.
HI develops CBR/LID Project with Partners
UMWAD PANAY is born!
Umwad, which means progress in Ilonggo, ex-emplifies HI’s commit-ment to support the de-velopment of Disabled Peoples’ Organization (DPO) in the island of Panay so they can con-tribute towards the pro-gress of their respective municipalities. Umwad Panay brings quarterly updates on the Panay CBR Project’s quest to meet the above challenge.
 
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Activities in brief…
Person with Disability Day in Barbaza
 Mayor Faith Francisco speaks in front of her PWD constituents
In connection with their annual Batabat Festival, HI joined the municipality of Barbaza in holding their own Person with Disability Day on March 16, 2010. The highlight of the event was the distribution of PWD IDs and purchase booklets signed by the mayor to an estimated 700 PWDs of Barbaza. These IDs and booklets will be used by PWDs to avail of the 20% discount as embodied in Republic Act 9442. RA 9442 is the 2007 amendment to RA 7277—the 1992 Magna Carta for PWDs, which stipulates that Persons with Disabilities are entitled to 20% discounts to provision of services in hotels, theaters & places of recreation, purchase of medicines & medical services, transportation, etc. At the end of the day, 168 PWDs who came from far-flung barangays were provided with IDs and purchase booklets. Distribution will then continue through the members of the CBR team and the social welfare office. The challenge now is to make sure that these IDs and purchase booklets are honored in various establishments in the municipality so that PWDs can enjoy their rights as stipulated in the law.
New staff on board
Raphy Imperial
, a registered social worker out of Central Philippines University in Iloilo was hired as com-munity organizer of the project on January 11. Prior to HI, he worked for several years with MSF on street children issues.
Rosie Pernia
 of San Jose, Antique was hired as office keeper on Janu-ary 18.
Sheila Arroyo
, a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Accoun-tancy from Central Philippine Uni-versity, was hired as field admin assistant on February 10. She worked 8 years as accounting staff in Manila before returning home to Iloilo this year.
Lyndon Fontiveros
 of Santa Bar-bara, Iloilo was hired as driver on March 1.
Cindy Blasurca
, a BS Psychology-Community Development gradu-ate of University of the Philippines (Miag-ao) was hired as community organizer on March 22. She worked with community-based organiza-tions in Antique & Iloilo supported by World Vision before she joined HI. From L-R: Lyndon Fontiveros, Cindy Blasurca, Rosie Pernia, Sheila Ar-royo, Raphy Imperial
REPUBLIC ACT 9442
AN ACT AMENDING REPUBLIC ACT NO. 7277, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE "MAGNA CARTA FOR DISABLED PERSONS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES"
"SEC. 32. Persons with disability shall be entitled to the following: (a) At least twenty percent (20%) discount from all establish-ments relative to the utilization of all services in hotels; restau-rants and recreation centers for the exclusive use or enjoyment of persons with disability; (c) At least twenty percent (20%) dis-count for the purchase of medicines in all drugstores for the ex-clusive use or enjoyment of persons with disability;
Full text at: http://www.ops.gov.ph/records/ra_no9442.htm
 
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Project Orientations & Planning
Iloilo Province
Participants from Batad, San Dionisio, & Concepcion
To start the implementation of the 2010 work plan based on the output of the project development workshop, a project orientation and planning was held on March 25, 2010 at Sealips Restaurant in San Dionisio. DPO leaders and CBR fo-cal persons from Batad, San Dionisio, & Concepcion came to discuss the objectives, expected results, and activities of the project for 2010. The participants reached a consensus that the trainings for project proposal writing, advocacy, and event organizing will be done on site and set the schedules accordingly.
Antique Province
CBR focal persons and DPO leaders from Barbaza & Laua-an
Panay CBR Project
General Objective
: DPOs in Panay Island are autonomous and are an integral actor in lo-cal development.
Specific Objective
: DPOs in 5 LGUs increase their capacity to co-implement their municipal CBR action plan.
Expected Results
: 1) At the end of 2010, each DPO develop the capacity to write project proposals / action plans. 2) Each DPO organize 2 stake-holders forum on disability. 3) Each DPO organize 2 advo-cacy events. 4) Each DPO develop effec-tive communication skills.
Upcoming activities (2nd Qtr):
April 21-23—Advocacy work-shop in Laua-an (Antique DPOs) April 28-30—Advocacy work-shop in Batad (Iloilo DPOs) May 25-28—Project proposal & budget development training in San Dionisio (Iloilo DPOs) June 1-4—Project proposal and budget development training in Barbaza (Antique DPOs) June 17-18—Event organizing workshop in Concepcion (Iloilo DPOs) June 24-25—Event organizing workshop in San Jose (Antique DPOs)

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