NCDA helps support VISTA 2010

March 31, 2010

The National Council on Disability Affairs thru Chairman Rosie Lovely T. Romulo recently helped support a sports activity dubbed “VISTA (Visually Impaired Sports Training and Advocacy) 2010” in Marikina City held last March 7, 2010.

Participated in by around 75 children with visual impairment in swimming, track and field, and table tennis, the sports activity aimed to keep the public aware especially the parents and teachers that visually impaired children can engage in sports activities in order for them to be physically fit and develop their potentials to become future athletes.

The Parent Advocates for Visually Impaired Children (PAVIC), the main organizer of the sports activity envisions that every child with visual impairment will enjoy equal opportunities to pariticipate in all activities because they are always suffer from discrimination in many aspects of life including the sports activity wherein they are not allowed to participate in schools’ sports and physical education.

Other participants who helped in the success of the sports activity are: SPED teachers, therapists, guests and the media such as GMA 7 which made a news report about the event. Please check the link below:

http://www.gmanews.tv/video/56490/visually-impaired-kids-learn-how-to-swm-in-marikina

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CBR AP Network’s Logo Designing Contest

March 23, 2010

Image of CBR Logo Contest
Image of CBR Logo Contest

Overview
The Community-based Rehabilitation Asia-Pacific Network (CBR AP Network) was organized during the 1st CBR Asia-Pacific Congress which was held in Bangkok, Thailand on 18-20 Feb 2009.
Its Vision is an inclusive development and inclusive society. The Mission is to promote, develop and support CBR in the Asia Pacific Region and globally. There are 24 existing member countries.

The Network needs a Logo which will represent its identity and brand in the global CBR movement.

This Logo Contest is being conducted as a springboard to create awareness of the new Network among the 24 existing members, as well as potential member countries. Likewise, it opens an avenue for wider participation for sharing and synergy.

Rules
1. The Contest is open to all member countries.
People with disabilities are highly encouraged to participate.
2. Only one entry per person will be accepted.
3. Deadline for submission is May 15, 2010.
4. Entries must be submitted by e-mail with subject of Logo Contest to the CBR AP Network
Secretariat at cbrapnetwork@apcdfoundation.org.
5. Entries must include the name of the CBR AP Network in the logo design.
6. All entries must adhere to the entry specifications outlined below.

Entry Specifications
All entries must have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi or be in vector format. All entries must be
no smaller than 1200 x 1200 pixels and no larger than 2400 x 2400 pixels. All entries must be submitted electronically in either PDF (.pdf), JPEG (.jpg), TIFF (.tif), Portable Network Graphic (.png), Encapsulated Post Script (.eps) or Adobe Illustrator (.ai) format. Entries must be multicolor.

Winner Selection
The CBR AP Network Executive Committee will select the winner by the end of May 2010. Judgment will be based on the following criteria: 25% – Originality, uniqueness of the design b) 50% – Concept to represent the purpose and spirit of the Network and c) 25% – Presentation e.g. artistic, technical layout. The winning logo will be copyrighted to the Network for any form of communication.

Award
The winning entry will receive a prize of $500 and a Plaque.

Contact
For more information or queries, please contact CBR AP Network Secretariat c/o Asia Pacific Develpment Center on Disabilities Foundation (APCD), 255 Rajvithee Road, Rajthevee, Bangkok 10400
E-mail: cbrapnetwork@apcdfoundation.org

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Urgent Manifestation and Motion of the Drugstores Association of the Philippines, Inc., et al. for TRO and/or writ of preliminary injuction on the 20% medicine discount of PWDs

March 19, 2010

Republic of the Philippines
COURT OF APPEALS
Manila

SPECIAL FITEENTH (15TH ) DIVISION

C.A. G.R.-S.P. No. 109903

DRUGSTORES ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILIPINES, INC., SAVE MORE DRUG, INC., PHILIPPINES, INC., SAVE MORE DRUG, INC., MANSON DRUG CORPORATION, SOUTH STAR DRUG, INC., AND NORTHERN LUZON DRUG CORPORATION
Petitioners

Versus

NATIONAL COUNCIL ON DISABILITY AFFAIRS, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE, BUREAU OF INTERNAL REVENUE, DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT, and DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL WELFARE AND DEVELOPMENT,
Respondents

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URGENT MANIFESTATION AND MOTION

Petitioners, by undersigned counsel and unto this Honorable Court, respectfully state:

1. Last 2 February 2010, the municipal government of Taytay called petitioners to a conference to discuss the 20% medicines discount for persons with disability (“PWD”) provided under Section 32 of RA 7277 as amended by RA 9442.

2. At said conference, the municipal government of Taytay demanded that petitioners grant the 20% discount on purchase of medicines to all persons who present proof of their disability. It threatened to revoke the mayor’s and/or business permit of petitioners if the fail to comply with its demand.

3. Last 11 February 2010, petitioners were also called to a meeting with the city government of Makati, who likewise demanded that petitioners grant the 20% medicines discount, with the accompanying threat that their mayor’s and/or business permit will be revoked or not renewed for non-compliance with the demand.

4. Petitioners have also received information that another drug store, who is similarly situated as petitioners, has received the same demand and threat from the city legal officer of Pasig City.

5. The evident intention of local governments is to disregard and/or render moot the pending action and pre-empt this Honorable Court By even imposing a sanction that is not found in RA 7277, RA 9442 and their implementing regulations.

6. RA 7277 as amended by RA 9442 provides that medicines discount must be granted if the person claiming the discounts presents any of the following proofs of entitlement:

“The abovementioned privileges are available only to persons with disability who are Filipino citizens upon submission of any of the following as proof of his/her entitlement thereto:

(I) An identification card issued by the city or municipal mayor or the barangay captain of the place where the persons with disability resides.

(II) The passport of the persons with disability concerned; or

(III) Transportation discount fare Identification Card (ID) issued by the National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons (NCWDP).

7. In the instant Petition, petitioners precisely contend that RA 7277, RA 9442 and their implementing regulations fail to provide adequate safeguards to ensure that medicines discount shall only be granted to persons with actual disabilities.

7.1 The definitions of the types of disability are vague, ambiguous and clearly require specialized medical knowledge in order to determine the existence of disability. And yet, the implementing regulations allow even non-medically trained personnel to confirm the disability. As a result, persons who do not have any expertise or experience in determining disability have the authority to issue identification cards, whether or not the applicant is truly a person with disability.

7.2 Also a mere passport, while capable of indicating citizenship, will not reveal whether or not the bearer has a disability. But because RA 7277 and its implementing regulations impose no further requirement, any person who presents a passport and claims to be disabled can demand for the medicines discount.

7.3 The assailed laws and regulations further fail to provide any mechanism by which the petitioners can question a determination that a person is disabled. Thus, once the identification card is issued, petitioners have no means of legal process to dispute the same.

8. With the illegal threats of the local governments, petitioners are being compelled to grant the medicines discount even if the assailed laws and regulations are patently unreasonable and arbitrary, under the pain of losing their business permits and the prospect of closing their businesses. That the threats against petitioners were done just a few months away from the national and local elections puts serious doubt on the motive of the local governments.

9. It is respectfully submitted that petitioners stand to suffer serious and irreparable injury because their rights will be violated and their property diminished, unless the respondents are enjoined from implementing the said discount.

10. Since the grant of discount on a daily basis for every single purchase by those who claim to be PWD may eventually force their closure to their irreparable damage and prejudice. There is an extreme urgency to immediately issue temporary restraining order and/or writ of preliminary injuction.

11. Petitioners will also suffer grave injustice, because should the Petition be eventually granted by this Honorable Court, petitioners will have no means to recover any medicine discounts that have already given.

12. Thus, petitioners’ application for a temporary restraining order and/or writ of preliminary injunction should be granted immediately in order to restrain the enforcement of the assailed laws and regulations.

13. Petitioners reiterate that they are ready, willing and able to post a bond in the amount specified by this Honorable Court, to answer for any damages suffered by the respondents as a result of the temporary restraining order and/or writ of preliminary injunction, if it should be finally adjudged that petitioners were not entitled thereto.

14. Moreover, under the circumstances, the immediate resolution of the Petition is urgently necessary in order to prevent the nationwide implementation of the assailed laws and regulations that are clearly unconstitutional.

PRAYER

WHEREFORE, premises considered, it is respectfully prayed that this Honorable Court resolve petitioners’ application for a temporary restraining order and/or writ of preliminary injuction as well as the petition for Prohibition.

Petitioners pray for such other just and equitable relief under the premises.

Makati City for Manila, 4 March 2010

ROMULO MABANTA BUENAVENTURA SAYOC & DE LOS ANGELES
Counsel for Petitioners3
30th Floor, Citibank Tower
8741 Paseo de Roxas, Makati City
Telephone No. (02) 848-0114
Fax No. (02) 810-3110
romulo@romulo.com

By

ORIGINAL SIGNED
EDUARDO DE LOS ANGELES
Roll No. 21373
IBP No. 800053/01-04-2010/Makati City
PTR No. 2094592/01-08-2010/Makati City
MCLE Compliance No. 0003176/06-30-2008

ORIGINAL SIGNED
PRISCILLA B. VALER
Roll No. 38409
IBP Life Member No. 745059, 03/13/08, Pasig City
PTR No. 2097793, 01/08/10, Makati City
MCLE Compliance No. II – 0002377, 07/20/07

ORIGINAL SIGNED
JAZMIN B. BANAL
Roll No. 43512
IBP No. 800055, 01/04/10, Quezon City
PTR No. 2094597,

ORIGINAL SIGNED
JOSE C. SALVOSA
Roll No. 52751
IBP No. 800085, 01/04/10, Quezon City
PTR No. 2097780, 01/08/10, Makati City
MCLE Compliance No. II-0002465, 11/04/08

COPY FURNISHED:

Office of the Solicitor General
134 Amorsolo Street
Legaspi Village
Makati City

National Council on Disability Affairs
NCDA Building
Isidora St., Brgy. Holy Spirit
Diliman, Quezon City

Department of Finance
DOF Building
Roxas Boulevard corner Pablo Ocampo Street Manila

Bureau of Internal Revenue
BIR National Office Building
Agham Road, Diliman
Quezon City

Department of Interior and Local Government
A. Francisco Gold Condominium II
EDSA corner Mapagmahal Street, Diliman
Quezon City

Department of Social Welfare and Development
Batasan Pambansa Complex
Constitution Hills
Quezon City

EXPLANATION

Due to the distance between the respective offices of the parties, time constraints, and the lack of messengers to effect personal service on account of equally urgent filings, copies of this pleading were served upon Respondents and their counsel by registered mail.

JOSE C. SALVOSA

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NCDA Welcomes Foreign Experts and New Opportunities

March 19, 2010

To push international cooperation in a big way, Chairperson Romulo led the NCDA in a series of meetings with visiting foreign experts from VSO-Netherlands, Fred Hollows Foundation, NHE Japan and Queensland University of Technology, Australia to keep abreast with the latest disability trends and usher in as many options as possible for the sector, here and abroad. This is the Council’s pitch to fulfill its commitment to upscale the rights of PWDs thru international cooperation called for in Article 32 of the UN-Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

1. VSO-Bahaginan team led by Ms. Joke Zwart, was introduced to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo who graced the Council’s celebration of its new building. Through NCDA, VSO-B invites Filipino volunteers to share their expertise in various fields in selected countries’ disability programs. From the occasion, the team was able to link up with heads of government, private and disabled people’s organizations.

GMA with VSO officials
GMA with VSO officials
Engineer Bien C. Mateo shakes hand with Ms. Joke
Engineer Bien C. Mateo shakes hand with Ms. Joke
Ms. Yoke meets Mrs. Romulo
Ms. Yoke meets Mrs. Romulo

Meeting with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) Bahaginan International Placements Manager for Disability Ms. Joke Zwart and Ms. Maloy Tiongson, Volunteering Programmes Manager on February 17, 2010 and met NCDA Undersecretary Rosie Lovely T. Romulo, DSWD Undersecretary Luwalhati F. Pablo and Engr. Bien C. Mateo, Chairperson, Committee on Disability Super Malls during President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s visit to NCDA on February 18, 2010.

2. Fred Hollows Foundation, long time partner of the Department of Health on its disability prevention and empowerment programs for visually impaired Filipinos, exchanged information with NCDA to explore potential program tie ups.

Mr. Lee with Fred Hollows Foundation officials
Mr. Lee with Fred Hollows Foundation officials
Fred Hollows Foundation Officials
Fred Hollows Foundation Officials

January 25, 2010, NCDA Board Room, Meeting with former Australian Ambassador now volunteer for Fred Hollows Foundation Mr. Graeme Lade and Mr. Ross Hardy, Program Development Manager with Mr. Mateo A. Lee, Jr. Officer-In-Charge, Ms. Nelia R. De Jesus, Chief, Technical Cooperation Division, Ms. Marlu F. Evangelista, Planning Officer IV, Mr. Rizalio R. Sancez, Chief, Information Education and Communication Division and Ms. Evelyn T. Dolencio, Regional Programs Coordinator, NCDA.

3. Queensland University of Technology (QUT) team under its “Australian Leadership Awards (ALA)” offers partnership to train in Australia a delegation from NCDA, partner agencies including DPOs. The 6-week training spurred by “working together for greater impact” aims to train in-depth, major stakeholders on policy development, advocacy, networking, CBR and other fields, with the rights of persons with disabilities as an anchor.

NCDA Officers with Queensland University of Technology officials
NCDA Officers with Queensland University of Technology officials
Mr. Lee listening to QUT representatives
Mr. Lee listening to QUT representatives

Meeting with Ms. Karen Lawrence, Project Director, Mr. Nelson Salangsang, Manager and Mr. Vincent Sacriz, International Development Officer, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia on February 10, 2010 at NCDA with Officer-In-Charge Mr. Mateo A. Lee, Jr., Nelia R. De Jesus, Chief, Technical Cooperation Division and Ms. Dolores Deang-Soterio, Chief, Programs Management Division.

4. JICA Experts from Japan, shared with Council counterparts the latest trends on Non-Handicapping Environment, prior to serving as Resource Persons in two NHE pilot sites in New Lucena, Iloilo and Opol, Cagayan de Oro.

JICA short term experts for NHE
JICA short term experts for NHE
JICA experts with NCDA officers
JICA experts with NCDA officers

Orientation Meeting, Sharing of Access Audit Training and related Profiling in Opol and New Lucena (Non-Handicapping Environment (NHE) pilot areas) by Ms. Naoko Ito, JICA Expert, and NHE Project Assistants Ms. Eunice Marie Gato-Factor and Mr. Edward B. Esternon, NCDA Planning Officer IV, Ms. Marlu F. Evangelista and Ms. Nelia R. De Jesus, Project Development Officer V with Mrs. Yoshie Kawauchi, Mr. Katsushi Satoh, Associate Professor/Architect and Dr. Yoshihiko Kawauchi, Ph.D., Professor/Architect, JICA Short-Term Expert for NHE who shared new trends in accessibility on February 16, 2010, NCDA Board Room.

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NCDA LAUDS COMELEC’S ISSUANCE OF RESOLUTIONS MAKING VOTING EASIER FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

March 18, 2010

NCDA lauds COMELEC for issuing Minute Resolution No. 10-0326, which approved the extension of preferential treatment to senior citizens, pregnant women and persons with disabilities on election day by designating polling places located at the ground floor of the voting centers, or providing them express lanes if possible, and Minute Resolution No. 10-0331 which said that COMELEC will also provide Election Day Help Desk in every polling center to be manned by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV).

The issuance of these resolutions will make voting easier for persons with disabilities thus ensuring their participation in the 2010 elections and beyond.

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Metropolitan Museum of Manila Invites the Public to their “PWD-Friendly” Exhibits

March 8, 2010

The Metropolitan Museum of Manila announces their line up of activities for the first quarter of 2010 for the viewing public. The exhibit activities will especially appeal to students and enthusiasts of design, history and the humanities, with or without disabilities.

The activities are very accessible with some, like the tours, being offered for free, to the public. The rest would require minimal entrance fees. Paid activities are also available in discounted rates to groups of at least ten people.

The activities will allow you to experience the unique exhibits and programs of the Museum. The “Sensorium” and “Salakai Uli”! are engaging exhibits that allow the material exploration of the art pieces through touch. The “Touch the Artists’ Vision Program” is especially designed for visually-impaired visitors “to see” some of the artworks in the Museum with the use of audio guide, tactile drawings and Braille captions.

For further details on the Museum’s educational activities, get in touch with Ms. Fralynn Manalo at telephone numbers 523-0613, 521-1517, 536-1566 or via email at fralynnmanalo@metmuseum.ph or visit their website at www.metmuseum.ph.

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President Arroyo Visit

March 8, 2010

GMA shakes hand with one of PWD leaders
GMA shakes hand with one of PWD leaders
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo shakes hands with one of the women with disabilities during her visit last February 18, 2010 to the newly constructed two-storey building of the National Council on Disability Affairs. The Council has been transferred to the Office of the President by virtue of Executive Order No. 709 which was issued by President on February 26, 2008. It is vested with powers and functions as a policy making, coordinating and monitoring agency of the government on disability related matters and propose legislations concerning the rights of persons with disabilities in the country.

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GMA at NCDA

March 8, 2010

GMA inspecting the NCDA Building
GMA inspecting the NCDA Building
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (left) together with Chairperson Rosie Lovely T. Romulo, Assistant Secretary Nora C. Salazar both of the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), and other guests step down from the stairs as they tour the newly constructed two-storey building of the Council during her visit last February 18, 2010. The Council has been transferred to the Office of the President by virtue of Executive Order No. 709 dated February 26, 2008. It is vested with powers and functions as a policy-making, coordinating and monitoring agency of the government on disability-related matters and propose legislations concerning the rights of persons with disabilities in the country.

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GMA Visit

March 8, 2010

GMA poses with officials and guests at the NCDA marker
GMA poses with officials and guests at the NCDA marker
"The NCDA Marker"
"The NCDA Marker"
The new NCDA Building
The new NCDA Building

President gloria Macapagal-Arroyo poses with officials and guests at the NCDA marker during her tour and inspection of the newly constructed 2-storey building of the National Council on Disability Affairs. Thge Council has been transferred to the Office of the President by virtue of Executive Order No. 709 dated February 26, 2008. It is vested with powers and functions as a policy-making, coordinating and monitoring agency of the government on disability related matters in the country. In the photo are (From R-L) Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo, Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Celia C. Yangco, NCDA Chairperson Rosie Lovely T. Romulo, NCDA Assistant Secretary Nora C. Salazar, NCDA Officer-In-Charge Mateo A. Lee, Jr., Engr. Bien C. Mateo of the SM Committee on Disability Affairs and leaders of various groups and organizations of and for persons with disabilities.

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