In line with its commitment to the welfare of Persons With Disabilities (PWDs), the Commission on Elections celebrates National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week and declares July 18 to 23, 2011 as PWD National Registration Week.
PWDs are encouraged to go out and register or update their registration records at the Office of the COMELEC Election Officer in the city or municipality where they reside. During the week, PWDs will be given priority and the said offices will also be made accessible to them.
To further increase the access of PWDs in the registration process, COMELEC will also establish special registration centers exclusive to PWDs who are first time registrants in selected SM malls in Metro Manila. These will be held on the following venues/dates from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM:
Special Registration Centers
SM Southmall, Las Pinas – July 21
SM Valenzuela – July 21
SM Marikina – July 22
SM Manila – July 22 to 23
SM San Lazaro – July 23
SM North EDSA – July 23
SM Fairview – July 23
The PWD National Registration Week is a big start to introduce initiatives in increasing PWDs access to electoral process. “The COMELEC thru the Inter-Agency and NGO Network on Empowering Persons With Disabilities which is composed of various government agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) continues to seek solutions to undertake measures so that PWDs can enjoy the right of suffrage starting with registration,” Commissioner Rene Sarmiento said.
PWDs who will miss out the chance to register on the PWD Registration Week can still register until October 31, 2012 at the Offices of the Election Officers. COMELEC has started enlisting applicants for registration, transfer, change of name/correction of entries and validation since May 3, 2011. ####