Carmen Zubiaga, executive director of the National Council on Disability Affairs in the Philippines says PWDs need to be integrated into national development. Last week was the 34th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week.
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is a signatory to the 2008 United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability. But Carmen Zubiaga, executive director of the National Council on Disability Affairs (MCDA), admitted the country has much to do to promote and protect the full participation and enjoyment of rights of all persons with disability.
"Persons with disability (PWD) are still viewed as objects of charity, every initiative they do not on a long-term basis," Zubiaga said on Dateline Philippines Weekend.
Ahead of President Aquino’s State of the Nation Address (SONA), Zubiaga said the government should engage PWDs as partners in national development.