Angels Walk

January 25, 2010

Angels Unity Walk
Angels Unity Walk
Angels Unity Walk
Angels Unity Walk

Photo above shows Rosie Lovely T. Romulo, Chairperson of the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) , Asec. Nora C. Salazar, Mateo A. Lee, Jr. and staff joined the Angels Walk in commemoration of the 14th Autism Consciousness Week held at the SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City on January 24, 2010.

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NCDA Video Infomercials

January 25, 2010

The National Council on Disability Affairs recently uploaded its latest 30-second video infomercials on disability awareness and human rights for Persons With Disabilities in YouTube. Click on the video links below to view them.

Defy Normal Video Snapshot
Defy Normal Video Snapshot

Parehong Karapatan, Parehong Kakayahan

Defy Normal

To view more videos from NCDA visit our YouTube Channel.

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NCDA Photo Releases

January 22, 2010

USEC Rosie Lovely Romulo
USEC Rosie Lovely Romulo

Assec Nora Salazar
Assec Nora Salazar
Deputy Executive Director Mateo Lee Jr.
Deputy Executive Director Mateo Lee Jr.

Chairperson Rosie Lovely T. Romulo, Asec. Nora C. Salazar and OIC Mateo A. Lee, Jr. attends the National Anti-Poverty-Commission (NAPC) En Banc meeting on January 22, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. with Secretary Domingo Panganiban to support the deferment accreditation of the basic organizations at the national and local levels.

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ADVISORY ON COMMUNICATING DISABILITY

January 21, 2010

The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) enjoins everyone to observe proper communication about persons with disabilities and disability in all forms of media and communication. As embodied in the existing laws of the government pertaining to disability and of persons afflicted with it, such as Republic Act No. 7277 otherwise known as the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons and its amendatory law, Republic Act No. 9442, persons with disabilities are granted their rights and privileges in the areas of employment, education, health, auxiliary, social services, telecommunications, accessibility and political and civil rights. Under these statutes, it likewise accord them services for their rehabilitation self-development, self-reliance, and ultimately, their integration into the mainstream society.

On the macro level, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in which the Philippines is a state party, recognizes amongst, “the importance of persons with disabilities of their individual autonomy and independence, including the freedom to make their own choices.” In a most sincere and modest way, persons with disabilities must be treated equally, must be respected and be given due courtesy as they have their own rights and inherent dignity, just like any other human beings. With all its noble intentions and wisdom to promote the integration of all persons with disabilities in the mainstream society, the NCDA appeals to every sector of this country to join its mission of upholding their inherent rights and freedom.

On the other front, however, the NCDA finds that some people consider using some forms of communication as a matter of personal privilege and whims. Due to this fact, NCDA believes that people involved in such kind of interactive communications should also be responsible enough so as not to put into bad light, or worst, to demean other people like those with disabilities.

Proper communication among and between persons with disabilities spur their social rehabilitation and development, more so their self-acceptance and that of the people around them. It lessens, if not totally eradicates, attitudinal biases and discriminatory practices towards them. Organizations of and for persons with disabilities located elsewhere and around the globe, have recommended various ways and guidelines to consider whenever we refer to persons with disabilities and disability in the production of any communication products. Somehow, we hope this advisory will guide everyone who is a stranger to the world of disability and of persons with disabilities. Should anyone wish to get more information on the matter, they can get in touch with the National Council on Disability Affairs through Telephone Nos. 951-5103; 932-6422; 951-6129; 952-2809 and 932-4342, or email thru council@ncda.gov.ph.

MATEO A. LEE, JR.
Officer-in-Charge

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International Autism Conference

January 20, 2010

International Autism Conference Poster
International Autism Conference Poster

The International Autism Conference will be held on February 3-5, 2010 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Manila Philippines. For more information and online registration, please log on to www.iacphil.com, email info@iacphil.com or call +6328193724/ +6328189926.

Download the Schedule of Activities Brochure here.

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NCDA Salutes Two Great PWD Achievers

January 20, 2010

Mang Tibong
Mang Tibong

Businessman advocate Primitivo “Mang Tibong” delos Reyes recently died of stroke, which saddened the disability sector. The man behind “Delos Reyes Homecraft International, Incorporated, a “Panday Pira” awardee and topnotch exporter of signature wooden carved miniature musical instruments, he ventured into politics, while consistently distinguishing himself in the business world. Through all his achievements, he remained humble and a tireless groomer of “would-be” PWD entrepreneurs.

Johnny Lantion succumbed to liver cancer and died at the age of 45, survived by a wife and 2 sons. To his last day he was very low-key yet a well respected man from Pingat, Mountain Province, where he was buried this Jan. 3, 2010. He was the champion of the “National Federation of Cooperatives of Persons with Disabilities”, whose continuous desk production for the Department of Education, is among the country’s long running best practices here and abroad.

Mr. Johnny Lantion
Mr. Johnny Lantion

His stint with his family in Paraguay before his demise, was his last singular statement, to share his cooperative’s success story with his Paraguayan counterparts. His last text message thanked NCDA Chairperson for helping him get his Paraguay visa and fondly recalled that DFA Secretary Alberto Romulo himself, then a Senator, bought their coop’s first batch of desks which DepEd at the time could not accommodate. The desks were donated by Senator Romulo to a school in Bahay Toro, and thus, Johnny’s budding coop venture was launched, and the rest is history.

The disability community and NCDA salute these two great men.

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Cebu Pacific Faces Legal Action from the Sector of Persons with Disabilities

January 19, 2010

In a letter dated January 8, 2010, NCDA scored Cebu Pacific as it joins the growing public dismay over its ill handling of a special child/passenger in a GMA news report last January 6, 2010. On that same flight, another Cebu Pacific passenger with special child also complained of being discriminated by the airline. This came at the heel of previous unresolved cases involving the same airline’s discrimination in handling passenger with disabilities.

It was a gross violation of the children’s and their families’ human rights, and the National Council on Disability Affairs and partners are one in condemning this act of discrimination.

NCDA, the country’s coordinating body on disability, created through Executive Order 709 under the Office of the President, has as its anchor programme the implementation of the CRPD, or the “Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”. It also worked for the inclusion of this in the “National Human Rights Action Plan”, which the country is committed to fulfill.

In sync with the Commission on Human Rights and the Philippine Human Rights Committee, it is now rolling out a full blast campaign for an inclusive and “disabled-friendly” Philippines.

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