Events Details

White Cane Safety Day

August 1, 2014

Every year on August 1st, the Philippines celebrates the “White Cane Safety Day” pursuant to Republic Act 6759 of 1989.

The Law declares that it is the Policy of the State to promote and protect the physical, moral, and social well-being of all persons with visual impairments; to instill public awareness of the plight of the Blind; promoting recognition and acceptance of the “white cane” as a symbol of their mobility and independence; to serve as a reminder of the public to care for and accord due respect to these vulnerable persons in our society. The Law also mandates the creation of an inter-agency committee headed by the Department of Education with DSWD, DOH, PIA, DOTC and NCDA to implement the observance of White Cane Safety Day”.

Theme for this year's celebration is “Puting Baston : Tungo sa Katuparan ng Karapatan ng mga Taong May kapansanan sa Paningin."