Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
July 17-23, 2016 marks the celebration of the 38th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week. And the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine of the Philippine General Hospital held a weeklong set of activities to commemorate the event.
The opening ceremonies was graced by Dr. Carmencita Padilla, Chancellor of the University of the Philippines-Manila, Dr. Habana, director for Deputy Health Operations and Dr. Alvin Mojica, Chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.
As per tradition, the department invites an individual who served as a inspiration to persons with disabilities. This year’s guest speaker is Mr. Cecilio Pedro, CEO of Lamoiyan Corporation. This corporation employs persons with disabilities. In his speech, Mr. Pedro also stressed to the audience that we are all created in the image and likeness of God and of our need for a Savior. Hence, persons with disabilities should be treated with respect and be given equal opportunities at work and in the community.
The DRM Stroke Support group and the kids from the Special education rendered a song and dance number respectively. Socio-civic groups such as Tahanang Walang Hagdanan, Resources for the blind and New Vois of the Philippines held their exhibits to showcase their products, skills and to increase awareness on different conditions.
A fair for our pediatric patients was also held on July 21, 2016. This fair allowed our pediatric patients and their parents to participate in games and to win prizes. To better encourage the parents, an inspirational message was given by Brina Maxino and Mr. Winston Maxino, her father. Brina Maxino is a known case of down syndrome and has experience bullying in her childhood years. But these did not hinder her going to school. She was valedictorian in High School and is currently in college. Not only that she was invited to a state dinner with President Barrack Obama as an envoy to Special Olympics Global Youth Activation Summit. The speech of Mr. Maxino provided encourage to the parents of our patients as he shared to them the challenges, joys and difficulties they are facing as a family.
Overall, the activities prepared for the week has achieved its goals of increasing awareness of the rights of persons with disabilities. And that regardless of condition, we are all fearfully and wonderfully made