Casiño pushes for enactment of law for children, youth with disabilities
BAYAN MUNA Rep. Teddy Casiño today celebrated his 44thbirthday by joining children with disabilities (CWDs) and their parents in pushing for the enactment of House Bill 3665 or the Youth with Disabilities Empowerment Act, which has been approved by the House and is just awaiting Senate action.
At the Stimulation and Therapeutic Activity Center- Quezon City (STAC-QC), at St. Joseph St. Brgy. New Era, Casiño hosted a simple children’s party in solidarity with CWDs and to rally support for HB 3665, which is expected to benefit some one million children and young adults with disabilities through the establishment of stimulation, therapeutic and activity centers (STACs) all over the country.
The STACs system is already being implemented by select local government units that have partnered with CWD organizations. Almost 140 STAC centers have been established in the past years, helping poor families put their children through therapy sessions which normally cost around P300 to P500 in private clinics.
“I hope that through this bill, similar centers will be established in all cities and municipalities to empower children and young adults with disabilities as well as the communities they live in,” said the solon.
At the gathering Casiño gave away some teddy bears and goodies to the children but said that more than toys “we want the immediate enactment of the bill so that they can have better lives.”
“Sana po ipasa na din sa Senado ang panukalang ito para mas marami pa tayong mga kapatid na may kapansanan na matulungan lalo pa ang mga bata,” Casiño SAID.