On August 22, 2017, after years of efforts to comply with government standards, LCDPFI received its Registration Certificate and License to Operate from the Department of Social Welfare and Development. With the license, DSWD officially recognizes LCDPFI as a “social welfare agency implementing Community-Based programs and services for …persons with disabilities”.
Mrs. Lulu Reyes, founding chairman of LCDPFI, expressed elation saying that it was all because of the collective efforts of the board and the staff that the license certificate was finally awarded after about seven years since LCDPFI was established.
In 2010, with the prodding of LCD UK’s representatives to the Philippines, Mrs. Reyes founded LCDPFI to ‘promote and protect the rights and dignity of people with disabilities’ by helping them gain access to economic independence, inclusive education and equal participation in the social, cultural and even political life.
LCDPFI is strategically present in three geographic areas: Quezon City in Luzon, Bohol in the Vizayas, and General Santos in Mindanao.
From its inception, LCDPFI was able to bring significant and relevant changes to the lives of many people with disabilities who were considered partners and more than just mere beneficiaries.
With the Economic Empowerment Program, LCDPFI was able to help more than 2,000 PWDs gain meaningful means of livelihoods through employment or livelihoods development.
Likewise, thru its Inclusive Education Program, LCDPFI has provided more than 300 children with disabilities access to education and even provided them educational assistance, assistive devices, capability training for their parents and teachers and accessibility modification for their schools.
With this official recognition, LCDPFI commits more than ever to continue with its mission of working alongside people with disabilities towards an inclusive, barrier-free, and rights-based society for all.