Press Release
March 21, 2014

Statement of Senator Nancy Binay on the celebration
of World Down Syndrome Day

To this day, stereotypes about people with Down Syndrome still continue.

These misconceptions are still ever present and pervasive that it creates an environment of indifference and discrimination that result to these special individuals being denied of their basic rights -- proper education, access to health care and opportunities for them to develop and lead productive lives.

Around 1,900 babies are reported to have Down Syndrome for every 1.5 million born yearly, according to the Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines, Inc. (DSAPI). This means a baby born in every 800 is most likely to have this genetic condition in the Philippines.

In celebration of the World Down Syndrome Day, let us continue to understand, cherish and empower our kababayans who have been blessed with an extra chromosome.

By raising awareness of their condition and situation, we already empower people with Down Syndrome.

Let us make everyone know that their condition is not an illness, making them unhealthy and unable to fit and function in society.

Let us make sure that they have equal access to health care to treat their health issues.

Let us help them fulfill their personal development and achieve happiness. I have filed a Senate Resolution No. 82, or Special Education Act of 2013, which proposes the incorporation of special education in all public and private elementary and secondary schools nationwide for children with special needs. This proposed law will institutionalize the implementation of a special education system in the country.

I believe that everybody has the right to be happy. Let us ensure that everyone, including persons with Down Syndrome, feel that they are loved, cared for and accepted.

Happy World Down Syndrome Day!

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