MANILA – Marian Rivera is honored that the House of Representatives has named her as the Ambassador for the Women and Children with Disability.
In her Instagram account, Rivera posted a picture where she is seen wearing a Filipiniana dress as she holds her plaque.
In the caption, Rivera said she will do her best in protecting the rights of disabled women and children.
“Marami pong salamat sa inyong pagtitiwala sa akin kaya't buong puso kong tinatanggap ang tungkuling ipinagkaloob ninyo sa akin bilang Ambassador for Women and Children with Disability. Kabilang ninyo ako sa pagbabantay ng karapatan ng kababaihan at kabataang may kapansanan,” she said.
According to an article by The Philippine Star, Rivera was given the title during the celebration of the Women with Disabilities Day at the House organized by the committees on women and gender equality chaired by Bulacan Rep. Linabelle Ruth Villarica; and on social services chaired by San Jose Del Monte City Rep. Arturo Robes, the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) and other agencies.
The actress said the government and the public must not neglect women and children with disabilities and provide them with the support to ensure they have equal opportunities to education, livelihood, health and social activities.
She recalled that she wore crutches in the 140 episodes of the fantasy series Darna when she portrayed the role as a crippled teenager Narda. She also recently played the role of a sister of someone who has Down’s syndrome and was a victim of discrimination.
She said a number of women with disabilities have overcome their situation and become successful like Jessica Cox, the armless licensed pilot, and Rosel Ambubuyog, who graduated summa cum laude from Ateneo de Manila despite being blind.
NCDA acting executive director Carmen Zubiaga said support should be institutionalized so that parents will be assured that someone will take care of their children. – with reports from The Philippine Star