A three-day art exhibit showcasing the artworks and crafts of children and youth with disabilities (CWDs/ YAWDs) took place at the House of Representatives, September 26-28, 2011. The show dubbed as “Creative Li’l Hands Exhibit” was organized by the supporters of HB 3665 to raise public awareness on the needs and rights of CWDs/ YAWDs.
Proponents and supporters of HB 3665 during the Art Exhibit. (L-R) KAMPI Secretary Mr. Panfilo Marantan, BBCY Director Ms. Visitacion E. Apostol, Hon. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara of Aurora Province, on. David Koh of Senior Citizens’ Party List, Hon. Emmi de Jesus of Gabriela, Hon. Ted Casińo of Bayan Muna and KAMPI President Ms. Josephine de Vera
Sponsored by Bayan Muna Representative Hon. Ted Casino, the Congress’ Committee on Social Services and the BBCY Project, the exhibit was an advocacy to emphasize the significance of House Bill 3665 or the Children and Youth with Disabilities Empowerment Act of 2010. It is an act that seeks to establish STAC rehabilitation centers for PWDs nationwide.
Among the displayed materials were the children and youths’ paintings, handmade products like jewelries and ornaments, personalized shirts, cloths and purse and other decorative works. The proceeds of the exhibit will be used to sustain the livelihood projects where parents generate their income in continuing the rehabilitation of the children.
A short program and ribbon-cutting ceremony occurred on the first day of the exhibit with the presence of high-profiled supporters of HB 3665. Esteemed guests from the Congress include Hon. Emmi de Jesus of Gabriela Party List, Hon. David Koh of Senior Citizens’ Party List and Hon. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara of Aurora Province. Other House Representatives who signed up their support include Laguna 1st District Rep. Dan Fernandez, Laguna 4thDistrict Rep. Edgar S. San Luiz, South Cotabato 1st District Rep.Pedro B. Acharon, Jr., Ilocos Norte 1st District Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas, ACT Teachers’ Party List and KALINGA PL.
KAMPI and BBCY were represented by President Josephine de Vera and by Project Director Visitacion Apostol along with other PMO and local staff, children and parents. Leading the organizers of the exhibit were Representative Casino and his dynamic staff.
Apart from the positive messages conferred by the guests, the program also highlighted the testimonials delivered by a child with disability and by a STAC parent. They both shared their hopes for the approval of HB 3665 since it will greatly improve the lives of children with disabilities and their families. This was similarly stressed out in the message of Hon. Casino.
BBCY staff and child with disability together with Gabriela Party List Representative, Hon. Emmi de Jesus
Several legislators and party list representatives affixed their signature of support to House Bill 3665. On behalf of the thousands of children and family beneficiaries we serve, BBCY Project conveys its sincerest thanks to big-hearted people who are champions in defending the welfare and rights of PWDs.