- UERMMMCI-CAReS Celebrates 36th National Disability Prevention & Rehabilitation Week
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- 36th National Disability Prevention & Rehabilitation Week: Fitness Class
- Cruthes and Canes
- Start at Another School Year
- Freshmen Orientation Day 2014
- CAReS Freshmen Day 2014
- CAReS Knights Grab A Crown
- Pa Tabaan ng Utak
UERMMMCI-CAReS Celebrates 36th National Disability Prevention & Rehabilitation WeekBy: Karen Roseperl and Kathleen Vila
The National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week (NDPRW) is observed in the Philippines every July with the aim of empowering people with disability, raising awareness of disability issues, and improving access and inclusion throughout the wider community.
Each year, the College of Allied Rehabilitation Sciences takes the lead role in UERMMMCI’s celebration of NDPRW by organizing university-wide events and activities which aim to encourage the level of awareness of the students and enhancing student involvement in disability issues and concerns. This week-long event is a great way of encouraging e students of CAReS and the university to support and participate in programs that uplift PWD's socio-economic development and promote accessibility towards a barrier-free community.
This year’s NDPRW at UERMMMCI started on July 22, where the university offered a Mass at the Tan Yan Kee Auditorium attended by key university officials, CAReS officials and students. The Opening Ceremonies followed in the same venue, led by the CAReS Dean, Dr. Raquel S. Cabazor. Mr. Gerald Lester Caoili from the CAReS PT Faculty was master of ceremonies of the Program and he highlighted the relevance of this year’s theme of “Talino at Paninindigan ng Taong May Kapansanan: Pasaporte sa Kaunlaran” along with the whole nation’s commemoration of the 158th birth anniversary of a Filipino hero, Apolinario Mabini. Mr. Caoili went on to mention how Mabini exemplified the virtues of “Talino and Paninindigan” while helping organize the first Philippine government despite contracting poliomyelitis when he was younger. CAReS College Secretary Dr. Carmina J. Cortez gave an opening speech where she reiterated importance of the roles played by the members of the Rehabilitation team, including PT and PO, in commemorating NDPR week. She further said that “we would like to educate everyone here to look beyond physical and see person inside”.
The audience was also dazed by a dance performance of Mr. Julius Obero from the Prosthetic and Orthotic School, and his dance partner. Mr. Obero had poliomyelitis as a child but he demonstrated to everyone how this did not stop him from pursuing his passion for dancing by amazing the audience with an energetic dance routine using a wheelchair. Mr. Obero and his dance partner are national dance champions and they will represent the Philippines in the upcoming Asian games in South Korea.
The inspirational speaker was introduced by the by the chair of the Organizing Committee of this year’s NDPR week, Mr. Tomas P. Reginaldo Jr. The fitting highlight of the program was the inspirational talk delivered by a familiar figure at CAReS, Mr. Joel Balatucan from the School of Prosthetics and Orthotics.
Through his speech, Mr. Balatucan inspired everyone in the room with his story of perseverance starting early in life after contracting polio. Despite his physical disability, he managed to juggle his time between sports, studies and employment. Mr. Balatucan is an accomplished athlete and has been representing the Philippines in many sport events, even bringing home a silver medal in weightlifting from the ASEAN games in Myanmar. He offered himself and his accomplishments as living proof that being a PWD is not a hindrance to achieving one’s dreams.. Mr. Balatucan shared that his involvement with CAReS through the School of Prosthetics and Orthotics is helping him not only by providing a stable source of income but also by giving him the opportunity to contribute his “little share”. In his speech, he thanked the members of the rehabilitation team and encouraged them to “continue in their noble professions, in touching the lives of PWDs, helping them uplift themselves.” Mr. Balatucan concluded his speech by saying that the PWDs may be champions of life, but for them, the rehabilitation professionals and all the people who believed in their potential are their real life super heroes.
Other highlights of the Opening Ceremonies were the equally-energetic dance number of the Crutches and Canes and the acknowledgement by the college of a charity project by the CAReS’ Physical Therapy Alumni Association for patients-in-need at the CTC.