As ALBERT SCHWEITZER, a French-German theologian quoted: " the purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others", the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 1 joined in the celebration of the 44th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week last July 17-23, 2022 through CEPA campaign in selected municipalities/city of La Union on July 21 and 22, 2022.

This year’s NDPR theme is aptly dubbed "Pamahalaan Kabalikat sa Pagtupad ng Pantay na Edukasyon, Trabaho at Kabuhayan, Tugon sa Pagpapalakas ng Taong May Kapansanan" ("working with government in achieving equal access to education, employment and livelihood towards empowerment of persons with disabilities)".  DENR 1 through the Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group distributed various environmental CEPA materials in form of flyers, posters, books, and AVPs with sign language to  the Municipal/City Social Welfare Offices (M/CSWOs) of the municipalities of San Juan, Bacnotan, Balaoan, Bangar, Bauang, Caba and the City of San Fernando, La Union. 

The RSCIG's objective is to provide a sense of belongingness for the disabled individual in a safe environment, spreading awareness on the existing environmental and natural resources laws and policies towards a friendly environment.  The CEPA campaign is a step towards empowering people with disabilities to help them make their lives better and enhancing their capabilities in the community by making them partners and project implementors in the community based on what they are capable of doing, so that they could feel that they belong and their disabilities are not impediments for them to earn a livelihood and to contribute to their communities. (ZPL-RSCIG)