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EIC materials for environmental protection now available to PWDs

December 26, 2022 Cory Martinez 290 views

INFORMATION, education, and communication (EIC) materials about the protection of the environment can now be accessed and read by Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), particularly those visually-challenged people, as their contents have been translated into Braille, a universally accepted system of reading and writing for blind persons.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recently turned over the said EIC materials to selected special education (SPED) schools during a simple ceremony held at the DENR Central Office in Quezon City.

The turnover coincided with celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities with this year’s international theme, “Transformative solutions for inclusive development: The role of innovation in fueling an accessible and equitable world.”

The project was in response to the directive of DENR Secretary Antonia Loyzaga, whose bid to promote inclusiveness for all sectors of society has been at the forefront of the DENR initiatives.

According to Jonas Leones, DENR Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs, the DENR’s drive for climate justice includes “the struggle of the disabled minority.”

The translation of the IEC materials, which is the first of its kind in the DENR, is part of the agency’s development of long-term solutions, effective programs and sustainable projects that would benefit the whole of society.

“We are here today because the Department understands your strength, and we created necessary efforts to help you appreciate what the environment has to offer through the translation of these IEC materials,” Leones said.

The materials translated to Braille included “Perwisyong Usok Pigilan,” which features ways to help clean the air; “Malinis na Katubigan at Luntiang Kapaligiran,” which highlights the importance of plants and trees and enumerates ways to improve waterways; Climate Change in the Philippines; E-Waste; and Enhanced Adopt an Estero Program Activities.

The recipient SPED schools are the Philippine National School for the Blind, Batino Elementary School, San Vicente Elementary School, Bagong Silang Elementary School, Valenzuela National High School, San Rafael BBH Elementary School, San Fernando Elementary School, Angeles Elementary School, San Fernando City SPED Integrated School, Bautista Elementary School, Sorsogon East Central School, Naga City SPED Center, and Kalalake Elementary School.

Meanwhile, Carla Negra, National Council on Disability Affairs IEC Division Chief, thanked the DENR for providing the schools with the Braille materials, saying it provides the council the opportunity to check the implementation of the law for PWDs.

She added that the Braille-translated materials will be very important for the education of the students and hopes that more national government agencies will follow suit in providing a safe and considerate atmosphere for PWDs.

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated annually every third day of December by virtue of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 47/3 promulgated in 1992.