Wheelchairs Turnover at NCDA

February 26, 2010

Undersecretary Rosie Lovely T. Romulo, Chairperson of the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) and Elder Leopoldo Fonbuena, Country Director of the Latter-Day Saints Charities, recently led in the distribution of wheelchairs held at the NCDA office in Quezon City.

In her remarks, Mrs. Romulo expressed her appreciation to the Latter-Day Saints Charities for their generosity and unrelenting efforts to reach out to more Filipinos with disabilities by providing them wheelchairs to enable them to have access to greater mobility and participation in the mainstream of society.

The beneficiaries/recipients who are mostly children and adults with disabilities came all the way from the cities of Angeles, Pampanga, Pasig and Muntinlupa.

As of this date, Latter-Day Saints Charities Philippines has donated a total number of 2,000 wheelchairs which were turned-over in simple ceremonies by NCDA to the beneficiaries of mostly children with disabilities of the National Capital Region and outskirt provinces of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

The guests who arrived to witness the turnover include Dr. Marilyn Hammond, Associate Interdisciplinary Training Division Director, Center for Persons with Disabilities; Mr. Jeff Sheen, MS, Training and Development Specialist and Mr. Sachin Pavitran, MS, Project Coordinator and Assistant Technology Specialist of the Center for Persons with Disabilities, all of Utah State University. Assistant Secretary Nora C. Salazar and Mr. Mateo A. Lee, Jr., Officer-in-Charge of NCDA, were also present to grace the occasion of the NCDA.

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Nation Observes 14th Autism Consciousness Week

February 26, 2010

The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Education and other government organizations, Shoe Mart (SM) Committee on Disability Affairs, SM Super Malls and Autism Society Philippines, Autism Hearts Foundation, and other NGOs on autism will undertake various activities during the national observance of the “14th Autism Consciousness Week” on January 17-24 pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 711 issued on January 4, 1996.

The weeklong celebration include, among others, Angels Walk for Autism in SM Mall of Asia, 1st Regional Conference in De La Salle, Dasmarinas, Cavite, Colors of Autism Exhibit in Atrium, Block, SM North, Discussion on Autism in Local Government Units (LGUs) during flag ceremonies, Developmental Assessment and Family Support Group Meeting in Laguna, and Sensory Friendship Games in SM Baguio.

Other activities include an International Autism Conference on February 3-5, 2010, in the Philippine International Conference Center, Manila. Organized by the Autism Hearts Foundation, interested parties may attend and inquire on the registration details at 632-819-3724 and 632-818-9926 or visit www.iacphil.com or email info@iacphil.com.

These awareness raising activities emphasize the governments’ efforts and commitment to promote the rights of children with autism under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Magna Carta for Persons with Disabilities..

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how an individual interprets what he sees, hears, and touches, thereby impairing his understanding and use of language and his adaptation to his environment. It is treatable, if the child is diagnosed and receives early intervention in life. With special education and therapy, most children with autism, can be trained to be self-reliant and productive members of society.

Statistics show that in the Philippines at least 600,000 families are estimated to be affected with autism. Likewise, there was a recent report from the Center for Disease Control of the United States that one (1) out of 110 individuals is affected of some forms of autism. It is also the fastest rising developmental disability that will be diagnosed more than diabetes, cancer and AIDS combined in the coming years.

Your support to all of these activities will make children with autism go beyond their boundaries especially if you will have government identified those children with autism in your community and have them reported to us for appropriate intervention. Early detection of this disability will make a difference in the lives of these children because research shows that autism can be treated at early intervention.

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NCDA Holds Consultation Dialogue

February 26, 2010

Undersecretary Rosie Lovely T.. Romulo, Chairperson of the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) led the consultation dialogue with leaders of persons with disabilities held on January 14, 2010 at the NCDA office. The participants represent their respective organizations based in Metro Manila and nearby localities. Mrs. Romulo was joined by NCDA Assistant Nora C. Salazar and Mr. Mateo A. Lee, Jr., Officer-in-Charge of the NCDA.

Several issues affecting persons with disabilities were tackled that includes the 20% discount privileges in the purchase of medicines pursuant to the Republic Act 9442, guidelines on the computerization of the issuance of the identification cards providing for the 20% discount, and employment and livelihood programs of persons with disabilities.

In response to comments raised by the participants particularly on the 20% discount in the purchase of medicines, he informed them that NCDA had a meeting with the Drugstores Association of the Philippines (DSAP) and came up with the following three (3) agreements:

NCDA Officials led the consultation dialogue with leaders of persons with disabilities
NCDA Officials led the consultation dialogue with leaders of persons with disabilities

  1. Immediate implementation of the 20% discount only to uni-branded and generic medicines for the first six (6) months of 2010 and to include all branded medicines after the said period;
  2. NCDA shall support DSAP in encouraging the multi-national pharmaceutical companies to share in the cost of the 20% discount while lobbying before congress to amend the tax deductions provision of RA 9442 into tax credit as a way of tax incentives to the drugstores industry, and;
  3. NCDA shall request the Department of Health (DOH) to exempt from the 20% discount the medicine listed in the coverage of Cheaper Medicine Law for the six months of implementation in 2010.

However, all these agreements were referred by NCDA Board to the Legal Consultant for comments since there is a pending case in Court where DSAP is seeking a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO).

On the issuance of computerized identification cards, it was disclosed that persons with disabilities can secure the application forms by downloading them from the DOH website for the issuance of ID numbers and generation of statistical report. This will cover NGAs, LGUs, NGOs and organizations of PWDs or any individual whether directly or indirectly involved in the availment of the PWD-ID. This would also undertake data collection of statistics of persons with disabilities.

On the issue of employment and livelihood of persons with disabilities, PWDs are encouraged to engage in DOLE’s Kabuhayan Starter Kit (Knowledge-sharing, Inputs acquisition, Training on Entrepreneurship and Skills acquisition) and on the program scheme being undertaken by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) dubbed as “One Town One Product” (OTOP).

PWD leader makes presentation of best practices
PWD leader makes presentation of best practices

Other discussions include presentation of different programs and projects of leaders with disabilities citing good practices by their local government units that include the cities of Angeles, Mandaluyong, Makati, Valenzuela, and Quezon.

Mrs. Romulo acknowledged their presentations and remarks where benefits for persons with disabilities provided by the government are more readily available as a result of the various mandates and policies.

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