Speaking before a large assembly of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) from different provinces and cities in Central Luzon, NEDA3 Assistant Regional Director Evelyn Nacario-Castro shared the initiatives of NEDA and the Central Luzon Regional Development Council (RDC).

She cited, in particular, the recently-passed RDC resolution calling for the preparation of an action plan to make public tertiary education accessible to hearing-impaired students (HI). The said resolution was formulated noting that some HI students no longer pursue tertiary education, while some who are from well-to-do families continue their studies in expensive universities in Manila.

The resolution, thus, enjoined state universities and colleges in the region to help address the situation by developing, on a pilot basis, a tertiary education program supportive of the needs and challenges of HI students.

With the theme calling for equal access to education, employment and livelihood, the regional assembly attended by hundreds of PWDs was held at the Heroes Hall in the City of San Fernando. The event, graced by San Fernando Mayor Vilma Caluag, showcased talents of differently-abled Central Luzon residents and featured candidates for Miss Inclusion.

(ARD Evelyn Nacario-Castro, NEDA 3)

Photos by City of San Fernando, Pampanga – City Information Office