The Diocese of Novaliches is rekindling plans for the “total inclusion” in Church life of Catholics Living with Disabilities (CLDs).
The group “Inter-Diocesan Engagements Assistance and Services” (IDEAS) will see to the plans’ implementation with Novaliches priest Ambrosio Nonato Legaspi as its head.
Father Legaspi, 55, conceived IDEAS in the early 2000s as an inter-diocesan response to the need to care and form CLDs.
In 2020, the group was revived into a full-pledged NGO operating under Philippine laws.
The first-ever meeting of IDEAS board members on December 4 affirmed the groups’ mission of providing livelihood assistance to CLDs.
The group also resolved to find measures allowing the wheelchair bound, deaf and mute, and the sick in general to participate in Masses and receive the Sacraments regularly.
The 17-strong board members are composed of bishops, clergy, lay Church leaders, educators and media professionals.
They commit to promote the “integral development” of CLDs through government- and NGO-sponsored assistance as well as services that include pastoral care and formation.
IDEAS works with Manila Archdiocese’s Ministry on Persons with Disability (AMMPD).
To mark the International Day of Persons with Disability 2021, Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral on December 5.
In 2010, the government’s Health Department reported that about 1.443 million or 1.57 percent of the country’s 92.1 million household population have a disability.
Out of this number, men were found to be slightly higher in percentage (50.9) than women (49.1).
In 2013, the National Statistics Office showed that for every five persons with disability one was 14 years old and younger, three were in the working age group (15-64), and one was aged 64 years old and older.