The City Government of Isabela through its City Information Office’s Learning and Information for Barangay Readers Outreach (LIBRO) Mobile Library joined DepEd-Isabela City and Isabela Central Elementary Pilot School, February 03, in the observance of the 27th National Autism Consciousness Week.
ICEPS Principal Josiah Tuballa welcomed the participants, with messages of support from Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Maria Laarni Villanueva, and City Persons with Disabilities Affairs Officer Gemma Casas-Paculio.
For its part, LIBRO Mobile Library not only brought books for the children but also featured the special participation of Isa and Bella.
Present during the activity were Isabela West 1 District supervisor Rachel Oliveros,
Education Program Specialists Noamie Enriquez, Dr. Helen De Leon, Dr. Reyna Joyce Barutu and Violeta Sta Elena. Also joining them were SPED coordinator Eugenio Andrion Jr., and ICEPS Assistant Principal Julie Ann Jain.
Meanwhile, serving as reading and activity facilitators were personnel from the Bureau of Fire Protection-Isabela City Fire Station, and Program for Learners with Special Educational Needs teachers Charisse Anne Obedencia, Nessie Dela Merced, Charity Alido, Joanna Marie Ruiz, Shelomie Jipolan, and Sherida Sali.
Per Proclamation No. 711, the event aims to raise awareness on autism spectrum disorders, their various signs and symptoms, and the interventions that may be provided to persons under the autism spectrum to help them overcome any impediments to their development, according to the National Council of Disability Affairs. (Words by M. Guerrero/Photos by D. Jalani, CIO)