Palermo attends WHO gab
Former Bacolod Councilor Ana Marie Palermo represented the Negros Occidental Rehabilitation Foundation Inc. at the 3-day World Health Organization Western Pacific Region Collaborating Centers meeting in Kowloon Hong Kong on March 7 to 9.
NORFI is the only WHO-Collaborating Center in the Philippines for its Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) programs and initiatives.
Others who attended the meeting were Pauline Kleinitz, Disability and Rehabilitation technical officer of the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office, and WHO-CC representatives from China, Korea, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Palermo said they discussed what needs to be done in the implementation of CBR and rehabilitation programs and services, as the WHO World Report on Disability made nine recommendations to guide countries and governments, WHO-CCs, nongovernment organizations, public and private sectors.
“CBR plays an important role in reducing the disability burden of countries and, through the local government units, in enhancing the quality of life of persons with disabilities and in achieving development goals on health, education, livelihood, social and empowerment, in an inclusive and equitable way,” she said.
Palermo said WHO world statistics showed that PWDs comprise 15 percent of the total population, and “this will tend to further increase because of our ageing population, disabilities caused by our lifestyles, or from chronic illnesses, congenital defects, road or workplace accidents.
So there should be a continuing concern from all sectors on how to mainstream and sustain government/public and private CBRs, rehabilitation programs and services to every PWD in the country, especially in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental, Palermo said.
Lawmakers can also amend laws to include PWD-assistive devices as part of the ‘essential medicines' that all government agencies and LGUs are mandated to provide, and to expand the coverage of PhilHealth benefits to include more debilitating injuries, she added.
Palermo said she also made a presentation at the open forum on The World Report on Disability, that was hosted by the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation, and attended by local government officials, various NGOs and PWD groups.
She said PWDs in Hong Kong receive a disability allowance from their government, their modern CBR and rehabilitation centers are mostly government funded, and during the forum, their PWDs were even asking on when they can receive the increase in their disability allowance.
Palermo said that here, NORFI, Bacolod City and the province all make do with what they can with their limited financial, manpower and technological resources and just continue to help and assist PWDs in attaining a rights-based, barrier-free and inclusive society.*CGS
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Group exhibit set
A group art exhibit will be mounted by members of the Christian Artists Negrense Visual Artists Society and the BABAYI Art Group on March 15-31 at the Negros Museum at Gatuslao Street, Bacolod City, a press release from the museum said.
Titled “Tapulanga”, the exhibit will feature the paintings of Arthur Bayles, Leah Remolado, Karen Soberano, Mary Jean Bayles, Nilda Claveraz, Jeh Mark Bibangco, Miriam Bayles, Maggy Echauz, Delber San Jose, Mary Rose Amogod, Daniel Bayles, Joanne Gancita, Ellen Ochoa, Elijah Bayles, Angelo Emperado, Matthew Bibangco, Eleanor Leyble, Verlyn Lastierre, Sony Golez, Janice Emperado, Susan Leyble, Eunice Bayles, Liezel Leyble, Joan Honoridez, Chrysee Samillano, and Nunistell Lee, the press release also said.
The opening rites will be on Friday, 6 p.m., with Dr. Marilyn Marañon and Bacolod City Councilor Sonya Verdeflor as guests of honor, the press release added.*
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Foundation turns over bldg.
for kindergarten in Cadiz
Around 154 kindergarten pupils of Daga Elementary School in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, now have their own building with two classrooms and comfort/wash room that was donated by the Angelicum Foundation, its press release said.
It was blessed and turned over to the school Monday, and was the 12 th of the 19 buildings constructed in Negros Occidental and Oriental, with funds from the Foundation, a Spain-based organization, the press release also said.
Alfredo Barcelona, president of Fundacion Familia Barcelona Inc. of Bacolod City, said the construction was under the auspices of the “Children at Heart” of the Fundacion.
The other buildings were in Maria Lopez Elementary School, Sagay City; E. Lopez ES, Silay City; Talisay ES, Talisay City; Cansilayan ES, Murcia; and Bunga ES, Don Salvador Benedicto, all of Negros Occidental, and La Libertad Central ES in La Libertad; Jimalalud Central School, Jimalalud; Bago ES, Tayasan; and Manjuyod Central School in Manjuyod, all of Oriental Negros, the press release said.
Tomorrow, four more buildings will be turned over in Montilla ES, Moises Padilla; Cansalongon ES, Isabela; Payao ES, Binalbagan; and Aguisan ES in Himamaylan City. On March 18, three other buildings will be turned over in Vallehermoso Central School, Vallehermoso; Guihulngan South Central School, Guihulngan City; and Macario Española Memorial ES in Canlaon City.
The 38 classrooms for the kindergarten will help alleviate the lack of classrooms, with the implementation of the K to 12 Basic Education Program of the Department of Education, the press release also said.
The administrative partner of Fundacion Familia Barcelona Inc. is the Negrense Volunteers for Change Foundation Inc. of Bacolod City, the press release added.*
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Lent exhibit to open March 19
The second solo exhibition of Dorothy “Dolly” Ramos-Gatuslao, titled “Spiritual Rendition II”, will open 5 p.m. on March 19 at the Negros Museum in Bacolod City as its Lenten feature to show arts that depict the importance of God.
Gatuslao's works on various saints and religious icons through the years will be exhibited until end of April, with the museum open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays.
The exhibition will include the life-size painting in oil of the Our Lady of Guadalupe, and a rare piece of the Blessed Trinity, together with one of Gatuslao's most treasured pieces from her personal collection, the Face of Jesus, both done on pastel, the press release also said.
As Lent is a time to observe spiritual discipline and reflection, Gatuslao wants her works to manifest a sense of hope and serenity to its audience, as what her Spiritual Renditions exhibit held at the Philippine Heart Center Art Gallery in Quezon City in 2008 did.
She believes the Almighty is the true artist. “He is the greatest artist of all and I am only the brush”, Gatuslao said.
Many of her art pieces are at churches, schools and recognized institutions or individual's personal painting collections, like the church of St. Ezekiel in Bacolod run by nuns, a painting of Monsignor Victorino Rivas, and that of the Blessed Virgin Mother Mary at the Philippine Heart Center Chapel.
Gatuslao said she will share part of the proceeds to Domus Dei now located in Hacienda Jalandoni, Silay City, Negros Occidental.*
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