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Additional benefits for PWDs urged

May 22, 2024 Jester P. Manalastas 452 views

ANG Probinsyano Party-list Rep. Alfred delos Santos is pushing for the approval of measures that seek to provide additional benefits to the persons with disabilities, particularly the proposed P1,000 monthly financial aid.

Santos made the call as he led the distribution of assistance to some 100 PWDs during a charity event in Quezon City.

The solon together with some local officials handed grocery packs to PWDs and wheelchairs to select beneficiaries during a short program at the Quezon City Hall.

He was joined by QC Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) Head Debbie Dacanay, Councilors Dorothy Delarmente and Aiko Melendez, Cornerstone Entertainment Vice President Jeff Vadillo, and actor Piolo Pascual.

In his speech, Delos Santos has committed to submit a Special PWD Act, which will provide P1,000 monthly financial assistance to legitimate PWDs to help with their everyday needs.

“Tatrabauhin natin iyan sa Kongreso. Alam natin ang hirap ng isang magulang na may anak na PWD o isang ina na PWD na may anak. Sana po maipasa natin ang P1,000 per month assistance,” Delos Santos said, who also filed a measure seeking for a 20-percent discount for food, medicines and services for PWDs.

The lawmaker also committed to partner with the Quezon City local government for the scholarship of children of PWDs.

“Hanggang naririto kami, makakaasa kayo ng tamang edukasyon, kalusugan at pamumuhay para sa inyong lahat,” he said.

Filipino boy group Vxon provided a musical performance, and Baileys Acot served as host for the event, which was held in collaboration with Mayor Joy Belmonte, the city government of Quezon City,, Cornerstone Entertainment and the Surge Fitness Outreach Program.

Delarmente, who represented Mayor Belmonte during the event, thanked Ang Probinsyano Party List, Pascual, Cornerstone Entertainment and the Surge Fitness Outreach Program. for extending assistance to the city’s PWDs.

Already in his second term, Delos Santos currently serves as Deputy Majority Leader and an ex-officio member of all standing and special committees. He also authored and co-authored around 400 bills of national and local significance.