GLAN, Sarangani (March 8, 2021) - The Serbisyong Sarangan Community Outreach Program of the Office of the Governor continues to carry out its projects, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, to help improve the condition and well-being of the Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) thru its After-Care Services.
On February 23 and 24, Asma Akmad and staff from the Governor’s Office conducted house-to-house distribution of physical therapy kits and visitation and monitoring of the physical therapy status of parents with children suffering from cerebral palsy in the barangays in Glan.
Asma Akmad said due to the Covid-19 pandemic, “we will visit itong mga bata suffering from cerebral palsy house-to-house dahil nag-oobserve tayo ng protocols. Kasi dati ginagawa natin, tinitipon natin sila sa munisipyo at ginagawa natin ang ating community-based physical therapy.”
“At the same time para makita rin natin paano ina-apply ng mga parents yung tinuro natin sa kanila na basic physical therapy para sa mga anak nila,” Akmad added.
Akmad noted the parents “were actually trained by our partner physicians and partner organizations para isagawa ang community-based physical therapy.”
Of the 40 identified recipients in Glan, Elijah Josiah Pactol, a 9-year old cerebral palsy patient from barangay Taluya, is one of the children who have shown big improvements in his physical condition.
Elijah was only 9 months old when he started developing seizures and when he turned 3, his parents discovered he was not able to stand and walk on his own. Since then, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
Gualberto Pactol Jr., Elijah’s father, said that thru the assistance of Lolita Bandong, a volunteer from the Community-based Rehabilitation Program for Special Children in Glan, the Pactol family were able to avail of the projects of the provincial government with its partners to children with cerebral palsy like Elijah.
Elijah was one of the beneficiaries of the wheelchairs donated by the Latter-Day Saint Charities (LDSC) to the PWDs in Sarangani in 2016, and the Walking-Free Program in 2017.
In 2018, he was also a recipient of the Walking-Free Mission of the Physicians for Peace and the Pactol family were part of the Physical Therapy training for parents with cerebral palsy patients conducted by the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC).
“Gitudluan ko nila paano mag-therapy kay Eli ug wala na nako giundangan hantud karon kay nakita namo na makaganod-ganod na siya, makagunit na siya ug mga gamit,” Pactol said referring to some of Elijah’s improvements with the help of the constant physical therapy.
Pactol added Elijah now learns to get up on his own, can pick up things and throw them away, and can even utter some words, which he was not able to do before.
Pactol also expressed his heartfelt gratitude and joy for the help and the support the local government and the provincial government have given their family.
“Itong after-care service is parang continuous na project natin, kung ano yung pwede pa nating ibigay pwedeng i-innovate para mas ma-improve pa yung well-being ng mga PWDs sa probinsya,” Akmad said.
The Serbisyong Sarangan Community Outreach Program is under the Sulong Sarangani flagship program established under the administration of Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon.
The Sulong Sarangani Program of Governor Solon is designed to develop, adopt, and execute strategies that will uplift the quality of life of every Sarangan so that no Sarangan will be left behind. (Jori Mae R. Samillano/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
Photo by JORI MAE SAMILLANO