Wednesday, 30 November 2011

PIA News Dispatch - Monday, November 28, 2011

Malacañang declares December 2 a special non-working day in Pasay City

Malacanang declared December 2, 2011 as a special non-working day in the city of Pasay in celebration of its 148th Foundation Day.

By virtue of Proclamation No. 294 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. on Nov. 23, 2011, Malacanang declared Dec. 2 which falls on a Friday as a special non-working day to give the people of the city the full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion.

The city of Pasay is one of the cities and municipalities that make up Metro Manila in the Philippines. It is bordered on the north by the country's capital, Manila, to the northeast by Makati City, to the east by Taguig City, and Parañaque City to the south.

In 1862, a number of prominent citizens of Pasay sent a petition to the civil and ecclesiastical authorities asking that they be allowed to manage their own political and religious affairs. On December 2, 1863 upon the recommendation of Archbishop Gregorio Martinez of Sta. Cruz, Pasay became a Pueblo. (PCOO)

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

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 (November 29).

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. (PCOO)