Camarines Norte State College cited as 1st PWD-friendly HEI

Ms. Malyn Manalo (center), Disability Inclusion Officer of CNSC also received a plaque of recognition from the Provincial Government for her efforts in advocating disability-inclusive policies and programs that promotes the rights and welfare of the PWD sector in the province.

by Marjorie R. Garcia

The Provincial Government of Camarines Norte thru its Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) recognized the efforts of Camarines Norte State College (CNSC) for its commendable efforts and exceptional commitment to the inclusion and mainstreaming of Persons with Disabilities by implementing innovative and laudable programs intended to address the needs and encourage the advancement of its PWD constituents.

Gov. Jonah Pimentel led the conferment of 1st PWD - Friendly Higher Education Institution (HEI) in Camarines Norte held at CNSC Main Campus in Daet, Camarines Norte last September 10, 2018 as part of the 118th CSC Anniversary Celebration. Through the leadership of College President Dr. Rusty Abanto, CNSC have initiated the following disability-inclusive programs in the campus:

Formulation of “Make the Right Real” program targeted in alleviating the plight of persons with disabilities as its flagship commitment to the goals of the 3rd Philippine Decade of PWDs from the period of year 2013 to 2022;

Upgrading of existing and installation of new facilities such as ramps and toilets that complies with the standards of B.P. 344 (Accessibility Law) and conforms to the principles of Universal Design;

Conduct of research and extension activities that sought to promote the rights of the PWD sector and seeks to establish greater understanding on their situation;

Appointment of a Disability Inclusion Officer (DIO) that would coordinate and monitor the programs and services intended towards effective mainstreaming and inclusion of students with disabilities in the college.

Gov. Pimentel on his speech expressed his deepest admiration to the noble initiatives of CNSC and its vital role in providing affordable and quality education not only to the whole student population in the province but more so to its constituents who have disabilities.