“Basically, they [cuidadores informais] they are workers. As workers, they should have some rights and not have to spend their whole life, 24 hours a day, working, without rest, without rest and without vacations”, said the head of state this Saturday, in Celorico de Basto, in the district of Braga.
For Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, registration as an informal caregiver should be facilitated in the current legal framework, “reducing bureaucracy.” “Ten thousand [inscritos atualmente] there are very few in terms of informal caregivers across the country,” he said.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa participated in a party organized by the Associação de Solidariedade Social de Basto, headed by former mayor Joaquim Mota e Silva, and saw a play performed by users, some with disabilities.
Before the journalists, the President of the Republic defended that the Government and Parliament must see “what, in terms of the rights of caregivers, can move forward quickly, in terms of economic support and in terms of social rights”, recalling that the Secretary of State for Guardianship promised that, at the end of the year or the beginning of the next, the current law will be regulated, “in many fundamental points”.
In the session, on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, organized by that institution of social solidarity, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa regretted that, despite the country’s progress, difficulties still persist in these social issues, namely, the “lack of institutions to find places to welcome those who, otherwise, constituted a reality that was left behind in everyone’s lives.”
“This has taken time, because that means that there are more means, more people to care for, to look for caregivers, formal and informal,” he reinforced.
For the Head of State, dates like the one that is marked internationally today serve to remind us that “no two people are the same.” “People with disabilities are just as people as everyone else, because no two people are the same. We are all different,” he added.
For the President of the Republic, “no one can be excluded due to difference, just as no one can be excluded due to ideas, convictions or way of seeing the world. That’s what a just society does.”
Two figures from that municipality of Minho who stood out, in the past, in supporting this solidarity institution, were honored at the ceremony. The honorees were António Joaquim Bastos, former provider of the local Mercy, now deceased, and Albertino Mota e Silva, former mayor, who attended the ceremony.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa announced, in his speech, that both personalities, with whom he lived in the past, will be awarded, in Belém, by the Presidency of the Republic, with the attribution of the Order of Merit.