More than 50 students and faculty of MCCID attended this successful, historic and landmark Prayer and Walk for Unity and Global Celebration of Entry into Force of Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities held at SM Mall of Asia last May 12.
An estimated crowd of two thousand Persons with Disabilities and their supporters representing more than 100 organizations participated in this rally. Together with the Philippine Federation of the Deaf, MCCID is the only school in the country that represented the Deaf Sector in this event.
The program started with a celebration of a mass. Then, a march within the vicinity of Mall of Asia was held. After that, series of speeches and special numbers were rendered by special guests and representatives from the sector. Secretary Alberto Romulo of the Department of Foreign Affairs was the highest leader of the government that attended and gave the congratulatory message.
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UN-CRPD Celebration lasted for more than two hours. Afterwards, a selected group of PWD leaders and the government sector led by the National Council on Disability Affairs went to Malacanang Palace and handed over the Manifesto of Commitment and Joint congratulatory message to Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for giving passage to the convention.
Ms. Venus Ilagan, Secretary General of Rehabilitation International delivered a brief overview of CRPD.
To know about the overview ot The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as the first legally binding international instrument to adopt a “rights-based” approach to disability, please visit this link from withnews.org website that made an extensive coverage of the affair.