Unggai-Bena launches disability survey

Caption:   Children from Mt Zion Inclusive Resource Center arriving at the launching.

 UNGGAI-BENA District in Eastern Highlands Province are on their way to making the Rights Real for Person Living with Disability (PLWD) following the launching of Disability Data survey project on Wednesday Nov 16 in Goroka.

K100,000 was presented to the district for the project, with K50,000 from the Department of Community Development and Religion and the other K50,000 from Member for Unggai-Bena District and Minister for Lands and Physical Planning, Benny Allan from the district’s DSIP funds.

The district will become the first in the Highlands Region to roll out the project and the only second district in the country after Rigo District, in Central province, who were the first to launch a similar project in 2015.

Department for Community Development and Religion’s Executive Manager to the Office of the Secretary, Joe Itaki, who attended the launching on behalf of the Minister Delilah Gore, commended the Unggai-Bena District Development Authority (DDA), its LLG leaders, District Committee on Disability with their local member and minister Benny Allen for taking on board such initiative to help Persons Living with Disability.

“This is a major milestone for the Unggai-Bena district and its people. It is not the Department’s responsibility to tell you what to do. The responsibility is with you to come up with such important projects and we will be more than happy to work together with you to see that the policy is implemented for the betterment for people with disability in our communities,” Mr Itaki said.

Mr Allan thanked the CEO for Unggai-Bena’s, District Development Authority and his team for their hard work in gathering data to make this project a reality, he said, PLWDs are very special people in our society and need to be loved and cared for.

“There are different types of PWDs with specific needs and this survey project will help us especially in the District to identify and cater for their special needs through the data collected,” he said.

“These are the people that we as leaders represent in parliament and these are the people that we should also care for.”

A vehicle funded by the Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, through the National Gaming Control Board, was also presented by Mr Allen to the Mt Zion Centre for Blind at Faniufa.

With PNG as a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability, The National Policy on Disability was launched by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill in May 2015.


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