AC may­oralty bet vows to in­crease PWD bud­get

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AN­GE­LES CITY— Op­po­si­tion Coun­cilor and may­oralty as­pi­rant Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Jr., dur­ing the get-to­gether cel­e­bra­tion of per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties (PWsD) in Barangay Pu­lung Ca­cu­tud last Jan­uary 12, an­nounced that he would push for the in­crease in the yearly bud­get al­lo­ca­tion for PWD pro­grams if he is elected mayor of this city.

Lazatin said he will al­lo­cate an an­nual bud­get of P10-mil­lion for PWD pro­grams.

In 2018, the city gov­ern­ment al­lo­cated P2mil­lion for the city in­te­grated pro­gram for dif­fer­ently-abled per­sons and P104,031 for so­cial wel­fare pro­grams for the wel­fare of PWDs.

For 2019, the city gov­ern­ment al­lo­cated P2-mil­lion to the PWD af­fairs of­fice and P144,031 for so­cial wel­fare pro­grams for the wel­fare of PWDs.

Lazatin noted that this amount is small com­pared to the to­tal bud­get of the city.

Sec­tion 4 of Repub­lic Act 10070 or the Act Amend­ing Repub­lic Act No. 7277,

oth­er­wise known as the Magna Carta for Dis­abled Per­sons, as amended, pre­scribes that “Lo­cal gov­ern­ment units shall like­wise en­sure that the nec­es­sary fund from any avail­able lo­cal rev­enues is al­lo­cated for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of this Act for the ben­e­fit of PWDs in their ju­ris­dic­tions.”

Lazatin also stressed that he will make sure that pro­vi­sions of R.A. 9442 or the Magna Carta for Dis­abled Per­sons will be fully im­ple­mented in the city, such as the 20 per­cent dis­count in medicines and other med­i­cal needs of PWDs.Lazatin said that he will al­lo­cate ad­di­tional funds for the con­struc­tion of an of­fice for PWD af­fairs that is more “PWD-friendly.” “It is not enough that we pro­vide ser­vices for PWDs. We also have to make these ser­vices more ac­ces­si­ble to them, which starts with mak­ing our PWD of­fices more ‘PWD-friendly,’es­pe­cially in terms of com­fort and mo­bil­ity,” said Lazatin.

He added that the city gov­ern­ment “will pro­vide skills train­ing and if pos­si­ble even start up money to PWDs to start their own source of liveli­hood.”

Last De­cem­ber, Lazatin also an­nounced that when elected, he will fo­cus on im­ple­ment­ing pro­grams to en­hance the qual­ity of day care cen­ters and ca­pa­bil­i­ties of day care teach­ers in this city, in con­tin­u­a­tion of the pro­grams started by his late fa­ther, for­mer three-term An­ge­les City Mayor Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin. “With the bud­get of our city, this is highly plau­si­ble. This is just a small amount con­sid­er­ing that we are talk­ing about build­ing a foun­da­tion of knowl­edge among the chil­dren of our city,” Lazatin said.

Lazatin added that he will also en­deavor to raise the sta­tus of day care teach­ers and fo­cus on en­hanc­ing their ca­pa­bil­i­ties. (Press Re­lease)

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