Tuesday, August 5, 2008


PGMA to fete 2008 Apolinario Mabini awardees in Malacañang tomorrow
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will fete in Malacanang tomorrow
(Aug. 6) this year’s winners of the Apolinario Mabini Awards composed
of 25 outstanding persons with disabilities (PWDs) and PWD-friendly
individuals, establishments and institutions.

They will be accorded the Apolinario Mabini award by the Chief
Executive in simple ceremonies at Malacañang's Heroes Hall at 2 p.m.

The awards, named after the "Sublime Paralytic" and the "Brains of the
Philippine Revolution," aim to promote wider recognition of disabled
persons as self-respecting and self-reliant citizens.

Launched in 1974 by the Philippine Foundation for the Rehabilitation
of the Disabled, Inc., the Apolinario Mabini Awards is an annual event.

Heading the list of the awardees are three local government units
(LGUs): Makati City, Carmona in Cavite, and the province of Nueva Vizcaya.

The three LGUs were cited for their outstanding contributions in the
rehabilitation of PWDs in their respective jurisdictions.

Eight commercial establishments, namely the SM chain of department
stores in Baguio, Clark, Lipa, Mall of Asia, Marilao, San Lazaro and
Taytay and the newly-opened Trinoma (Triangle North of Manila) mall
will be awarded "Disabled-Friendly Establishments of the Year."

The eight commercial establishments were cited for providing
PWDâ€"friendly facilities such as accessible ramps, reserved parking
spaces and toilets.

Business process outsourcing industry leader TeleTech will be named
"Employer of the Year" for hiring 27 "employees with varying
disabilities in seven of its branches" in the country and for
consistently supporting the cause of PWDs by allowing several of its
PWD employees to pursue their professional and career development.

Other awardees are:

• Rex Bernardo who will be awarded the "Mabini Presidential Award" for
his achievements in the academe and for being a founding member of the
Alyansa ng May Kapansanan sa Pilipinas (AKAP);

• Abelardo Apollo David Jr. and the Dong-in Tulay Center in Mariveles,
Bataan as "Rehabilitation Volunteer of the Year" for their deep
involvement in projects that helped PWDs overcome their physical

• Catalina Fermin who will receive a "Special Award" for her incessant
efforts at providing services that went beyond government social work;
Cebu City government official website as the most "disabled-friendly"
website; Dela Avila Kono as outstanding woman with disability; Rodolfo
Mendoza as Disabled Filipino of the Year; Johnny Lantion as
Outstanding Disabled Filipino of the Year for Luzon;

• Reynaldo Merida as Outstanding Disabled Filipino of the year for
Visayas; and Noel Manabe as Outstanding Disabled Filipino of the Year
for Mindanao.

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