Aquino to keynote 2nd Asia-Pacific Community-Based Rehabilitation Congress

November 28, 2011 11:02 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 28 — President Benigno S. Aquino III will keynote the 2nd Asia-Pacific Community-Based Rehabilitation Congress that will take place at the Sofitel Hotel in Manila on Tuesday.

The Congress, which is being held under the auspices of the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), aims to promote multi-sectoral partnerships for the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

The UNCRPD requires participating countries to take effective and appropriate measures, including peer support, to enable persons with disabilities to attain and maintain maximum independence, full physical, mental, social and vocational ability and full inclusion and participation in all aspects of life.

The Philippines became the 23rd country to ratify the UNCRPD in 2008 and fully supports its prescribed policy through the Community-Based Rehabilitation, the best strategy to address the needs and promote the rights of people with disabilities worldwide.

This year’s Congress, which will run for three days until December 1, has a general theme “CBR: Building Communities for Everyone,” and a sub-theme “Mainstreaming Disability in the Development Agenda.”

Joining the President will be Social Welfare Secretary and NCDA Chairperson Corazon Soliman. (PNA)

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