Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos Tuesday signed a memorandum of agreement with Rehabilitation and Empowerment of Adults and Children with Handicap Foundation, Inc. (REACH) to create “Project Therapy, Education and Assimilation of Children with Handicap” (TEACH). Abalos said Project TEACH is the first in the country. Through the program, children with physical and learning disabilities from poor families can get proper diagnoses and therapy at an early age.The mayor hopes that the children who receive therapy early on can adjust to other people and environments more easily in the future and become productive members of the society.
“The City of Mandaluyong recognizes the need of children with disabilities to be provided with quality therapy, educational and rehabilitation services to prevent the occurrence of additional disabilities and to further enhance present abilities necessary for independent living,” read the MoA.
This is excellent news! I think other cities or provinces in the Philippines should follow suit. Lots of Filipino families with disabled children cannot afford to pay and receive therapy from private clinics so this is truly a godsend. I hope they can also extend this service to disabled adults as well. I wonder which colleague of ours is providing all that free therapy sessions to the children of Mandaluyong. I only have praises for them!