11 July 2014 – In line with its Chairmanship of the National Working Committee (NWC) for the 2014 National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week Celebration from July 17 to 23, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will be holding a special consular outreach for persons with disabilities (PWDs) on the following dates and venues:

•20 July 2014 (Sunday), 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the DFA Satellite Office, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City

•23 July 2014 (Wednesday), 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at all DFA Regional Consular Offices and all Satellite Offices in Metro Manila

All members of the PWD sector will be given special priority for the processing of their passport applications.

This consular outreach is a reaffirmation of the DFA’s full support for the PWD sector and the promotion of programs and other initiatives for their benefit.

Proclamation No. 361 declares the third week of July as the NDPR Week which shall culminate on the birthdate of the sublime paralytic Apolinario Mabini on the 23rd of July each year. The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), as the Secretariat and Central Authority on the welfare of PWDs, coordinates with 43 member agencies of the NWC to organize this annual celebration.

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Talino at Paninindigan ng Taong may Kapansanan, Pasaporte sa Kaunlaran.”

The opening ceremony for the NDPR Week Celebration will be held on July 17 at the DFA, with Vice President Jejomar Binay as special guest. The opening ceremony will feature a ribbon-cutting of the art and photo exhibit “Art in Silence,” wreath-laying ceremony at the statue of Apolinario Mabini, Holy Mass, launching of the Mabini Awards, and a theatrical play on Mabini directed by Edward Perez.

DFA’s chairmanship of this year’s NDPR Week Celebration is timely as the DFA also commemorates, together with the rest of the country, the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mabini.

Mabini was appointed the first Secretary of Foreign Affairs upon the creation of the DFA on 23 June 1898 through a decree of then President Emilio Aguinaldo following the proclamation of the First Philippine Republic in Malolos, Bulacan.

Reference: This article was lifted from the DFA website http://dfa.gov.ph/index.php/2013-06-27-21-50-36/dfa-releases/3549-dfa-organizes-consular-outreach-for-persons-with-disabilities

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