BAGUIO CITY – Some 123 persons with disabilities (PWDs) were able to benefit from the conduct of the Baguio Country Club’s 1st Assessment and Distribution of Assistive Devices for PWDs in line with the celebration of the exclusive club’s 110th anniversary.
The program is part of BCC’s advocacy and programs on self-reliance and empowerment and one of its major initiatives to extend assistance to those who are in need.
The 123 beneficiaries of the program who underwent the assessment came from various groups representing PWDs in the city particularly the Good Care Multi-purpose Cooperative, Luke Foundation, FARAD Multi-purpose cooperative, VISMAR Multipurpose cooperative, Little Flower Community-based Rehabilitation Center / SFIC Ministry to the Differently-abled children, City Social Welfare and Development Office, Barangays Outlook Drive, Country Club Village, Scout Barrio, Fairview, Manuel Roxas and Pacdal.
Distribution of Assistive Devices – crutches, canes, walkers and knee cruisers – were done on the spot after the assessment of the needs of the PWDs who were able to successfully grace the program.
Others will be given wheelchairs customized to their specific needs. Anthony de Leon, BCC general manager, said more beneficiaries will receive assistive devices when the assessment is completed which is sure to aid and support persons with disabilities (PWDs).
The project was made possible through the sponsorship of the Club, headed by its
President, Atty. Federico R. Agcaoili on behalf of Baguio Country Club’s Board of Directors, Officers and Management.
The successful undertaking is a joint collaboration and cooperation with, Mr. Manuel Agcaoili , President of Tahanang Walang Hagdan, Dr. Josephine Robredo-Bundoc, Program Director of Walking Free Philippines, Program Coordinator UERMMMCI Philippine School of Prosthetics and Orthotics, with the assistance of Councilor Richard Cariño, Dr. Romeo Abiog and Dr. Leo Judah Capistrano. The event was graced by the City Mayor of Baguio, Hon. Mauricio G. Domogan and General Manager, Mr. Anthony R. de Leon, and BCC employees.
De Leon said the club will soon announce the second conduct of the assessment and distribution of assistive devices as soon as the requirements of the PWDs shall have been made available, thus, the concerned groups were asked to be ready with the identified beneficiaries in the future.
By Dexter A. See