“InkluNasyon” (inclusive nation), a social media programme supported by CBM Global Philippines, receives the “Media Advocate Award” at the 30th Apolinario Mabini Awarding Ceremony. The event was held on Tuesday, 18 July, at the Malacañang Palace in Manila.
Art Letim, the disability inclusion advisor of CBM Global Philippines, says:
“As the first livestreaming disability-inclusive programme in Asia for persons with disabilities, InkluNasyon’s pioneering Facebook Live programme has been instrumental in raising awareness, fostering dialogue, and providing a platform for the voices of persons with disabilities. Through engaging and informative content, InkluNasyon has created a safe space for dialogue, education, and empowerment. InkluNasyon is incredibly honored to receive the Apolinario Mabini Media Advocate Award 2023. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team and the unwavering support from our community, the viewing public and our sponsors. It is also a testament to the power of media in driving social change and promoting inclusivity.”
What is “InkluNasyon”?
InkluNasyon is a Facebook Live Programme that discusses the lives and issues of persons with disabilities and calls for an inclusive society. It airs every Wednesday from 3 to 4:30 PM Philippine time and is cross-posted on various Facebook pages. Their topics include human rights, education, social protection, and inclusion of persons with disabilities.
This was conceptualized by the Philippine Coalition on the UNCRPD (PCUNCRPD), in partnership with Education Network (E-Net-Philippines), a national network of civil society organisations advocating for genuine and meaningful education reforms, and LAPIS-SeeSaw Channel, a progressive social media platform.
The Apolinario Mabini Awards
The Apolinario Mabini Awards give recognition to individuals, groups, and agencies with outstanding contributions to the disability sector.
President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. assured that his administration will support the inclusion and empowerment of people with disabilities. In his speech, which was read by Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin, he emphasized the need to create “bridges of opportunity, empathy, and understanding” for persons with disabilities in pursuit of a “new Philippines that will leave nobody behind.”