The “Improving Lives of Differently-able Persons Through Integrated Social Services Program” was the brainchild of CITY MAYOR MICHAEL V. FARIÑAS whose personal encounter with this special group touched his heart. Thus, after a series of consultation with the different concerned agencies and those of the private sector, and directing the City Social Welfare and Development Office as lead agency, the program was implemented in January 2005 to address the problems that beset this sector. Various programs, projects and activities were conceptualized and adopted to ensure the full participation and development of the DAPs. Corresponding budget thereof was provided.
The City Social Welfare and Development Office, together with the Office of the Differently-able person or OPDA, various programs, projects and activities were implemented with the full support of all stakeholders such as the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Education, Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Health, City Engineer’s Office, Department of Public Works & Highways, Community Affairs Division, City Civil Registry Office, Department of Labor and Employment, STAC, and numerous non-government organizations and agencies such as Zonta Club, BALCIN, Alay sa May Kapansanan, Rotary Club,One World Institute,Ilocos Norte Medical Society, Philippine Band of Mercy, Philippine Chinese Chamber of Commerce,Latter Day Saints, Bible Believing Baptist Church and National Council on Disability Affairs.
Most importantly, the Organization of the differently-able persons and their families were acknowledged as contributory factor in the successful implementation of these various programs and services geared towards the DAPs’ total development.