As the 2010 national elections is fast approaching, the Alyansa ng may Kapansanang Pinoy, Inc. (Alliance of Filipinos with Disabilities) launched the Disabled Pinoy Party (DPP), a political party list of Filipinos with disabilities, last February 16.
Alyansa ng may Kapansanang Pinoy, Inc. (AKAP-Pinoy) is a 415-strong federation of local and national organizations and 900 individual members dedicated to advocate for the rights and promote the interests of persons with disabilities (PWD).
During the launching ceremony at Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan, DPP President, Michael Barredo, said that “DPP will serve as a medium in exercising civil and political rights of PWDs in 2010 under the Magna Carta for Disabled and United Nations Convention on the Rights of PWD (UN CRPD).”
The launching ceremony was attended by Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman, Bayani Fernando and Parañaque City 1st District Congressman, Eduardo Zialcita.
Present DPP Directorate, composed of PWD leaders who will serve for 2 years, has been appointed by AKAP-Pinoy as called for by its Constitution and By-Laws.
Present DPP officers aside from Barredo are Augusto Flores, Secretary General; Luis Arellano, Treasurer; and Directors composed of Noli Agcaoili, Oscar Taleon, Richard Arceño, Jocelyn Garcia, Albert Yruma, Darwin Palado, Pete Manio and Octavio Gonzales.
The DPP officers warmly appeals to all PWDs for support and unity in liberating the PWD sector and the society from divisiveness so that Filipinos would labor as a single and united front.
Barredo, also the President of Philippine Sports Association for the Differently-Abled, explained the platforms of DPP.
Among its vision for 2010 and beyond, DPP will strengthen and unify the PWD sector into one national organization through the exercise of its political rights with full participation in social, economic and cultural aspects of life.
DPP will also ensure the implementation of UNCRPD and all laws pertaining to PWDs to institutionalize changes that will enable Pinoy with Disabilities (PWDs) to enjoy a productive and better life.
Ultimately, DPP will work for the election of a Party List Representation in Congress that will address the legislative needs and rights of the PWD sector.
DPP will also provide PWDs wheelchair, education and training, equal access to employment opportunities and livelihood, fight against discrimination, development through sports, availability of healthcare programs, home for aging Filipinos with disabilities and spearheads disability prevention programs.
As a party-list for PWDs, DPP draws strengths from roughly 9 million Filipinos with disabilities. In terms of voting potential, this 9 million Filipinos with disabilities times 47% will have a total of 4.2 million PWD voters.
Once the PWD voters are organized, properly motivated and adequately funded, this total number of PWD voters will deliver the votes needed for a seat in Congress, which allows only 3 seats for party list representatives.
DPP targets its voters from PWDs and their families and friends, from supporters and sympathizers of PWDs and from local government officials and social workers.
According to DPP, “Resources or lack of it should not deter PWDs from pursuing their vision, aspirations, and intense desire to provide hope to the 9-Million Pinoy with Disabilities. With our shared vision, we can find ways to raise the resources we need for a meaningful electoral participation.”
News Item copied from withnews.org and authored by Mr. Raphael Torralba