Naga fetes Int’l White Cane Safety Day

By Jason B. Neola NAGA CITY --- Nearly 100 persons with disability, mainly visually-impaired, gathered here Tuesday as they celebrate the White Cane Safety Day. The occasion, which the city government of Naga organized in collaboration with the Department of Education-Naga City Division, was first celebrated in the United States on August 15, 1964. As with the other LGUs, the city government will mark the White Cane Safety Day with teachers, PWD students from public elementary and secondary schools, parents and those suffering from multiple disabilities. Most LGUs in the Philippines celebrate every year on August 1st the “White Cane Safety Day” pursuant to Republic Act 6759 of 1989. The law declares that it is the policy of the State to promote and protect the physical, moral, and social well-being of all persons with visual impairments; to instill public awareness of the plight of the Blind; and to encourage recognition and acceptance of the “white cane” as a symbol of their mobility and independence. The event will be conducted at the auditorium of the Museo ni Jesse M. Robredo in the morning of August 28, 2018 and at the Naga City Civic Center (poolside) in the afternoon.