The Philippine Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil recited the Loyalty Pledge of an Advocate on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) during its flag-raising ceremony on 16 July 2018 ahead of the Philippines’ observance of the 40th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week.
The Philippine government has declared 17 - 23 July 2018 as National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week under the auspices of the National Council on Disability Affairs, pursuant to Proclamation No. 1870 (1979), amended by Proclamation No. 361 (2000) and Administrative Order No. 35 (2002).
The annual celebration pays tribute to approximately 15 million Filipinos with disabilities and more importantly, to honor Apolinario Mabini, the Sublime Paralytic, whose exemplary and dedicated heroic acts during the Philippine Revolution were not deterred by his disability. Mabini has become an outstanding icon for persons with disabilities (PWDs) through his great deeds for our country.
This year’s NDPR Week celebration theme is “Karapatan at Pribilehiyo ng May Kapansanan: Isakatuparan at Ipaglaban!” which focuses on the realization of the fundamental freedoms and rights of PWDs as provided for in international mandates and national laws. Its primary objective is to promote and advocate the realization of their inherent rights and privileges in order to empower them and improve their plight.