The newly-created House Special Committee on Persons with Disabilities chaired by Rep. Ma. Lourdes “Marilou” Arroyo (Neg. Occ., 5th District) held its first organizational meeting Wednesday to address the concerns and welfare of persons with disabilities that have been overlooked in the past, a press release from Arroyo’s office said.
Leaders and representatives from different Persons with Disabilities organizations were invited to the meeting and echoed the hardship and discrimination they have endured, particularly the lack of accessibility in the country that remains to be the biggest obstacle that they face every day. Representatives from key government sectors were also present in the meeting, the press release said.
Arroyo, who is a person with disability herself, assured the participants from the Persons with Disabilities sector that her committee is listening and will make sure that the issues raised regarding their welfare will be addressed through legislation and other measures within the Committee’s capacity, it said.
Arroyo was joined by vice chairperson for the Committee on Persons with Disabilities Rep. Edgar Chatto (Bohol, 1st District), Rep. Paz Radaza (Lapu-Lapu Lone District) and Rep. Angelica Natasha Co ( Barangay Health Workers Partylist), the press release said.*
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