A non-government organization working for the welfare of children with disabilities expressed sadness in the loss of the late Negros Oriental Gov. Agustin Perdices, who had paved the way for the integration in mainstream society of these special children.
Executive director Analou Suan of the Great Physician Rehabilitation Foundation Inc., or GP Rehab, said it was Perdices, then mayor of Dumaguete, who took the initiative of having children with disabilities attend regular schools in the city.
The GP Rehab, which started in 2005, currently has in its care 134 special children and persons with disabilities, Suan said. Of these, 54 are in school, she added.
She said the oldest special child of GP Rehab who reached a higher level of education is a 21-year-old girl who is still at school.
Perdices, who was mayor for 19 years, ensured that the special children are given the right to enroll at regular schools, she said.
The city government had also allocated a regular budget to support the GP Rehab and, once, Perdices donated P100,000 from his personal funds for it, she said, adding that she hopes Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria will continue this legacy of Perdices.*JFP
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