JICA-NCDA Project Awarded by International Association for Universal Design (IAUD)

October 28, 2010

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in partnership with the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) conducts a unique international cooperation to promote “universal design” in the rural communities of the Philippines. A technical cooperative project is being implemented for a Non-handicapping Environment (NHE) in the rural areas, where majority of Filipinos with disabilities live.

Two (2) pioneering municipalities in Iloilo and Misamis Oriental, with technical assistance by JICA and NCDA, make their public facilities more accessible for persons with diabilities (PWDs). Such accessible facilities are based on the concept of “Universal Design”. It promotes the participation of people with various needs in the community including senior citizens and PWDs. Focusing to make phhysical environments barrier-free, the Project also endeavors to remove barriers in existing systems/regulations and attitudes of people towards PWDs.

From October 30 to November 3, the 3rd International Conference for Universal Design will be held in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. This is one of the largest international conferences on Universal Design with thousands of participants from government institutes, private companies and universities all over the world. Six (6) Filipinos of the NHE Project, including Municipal Mayors of New Lucena, Iloilo and Opol, Misamis Oriental, will each be receiving a prestigious international “2010 IAUD Award.”

IAUD has a vision to create environments where the dignity of each human with various needs is fully respected. Among a large number of applications from both private and public organizations, the NHE Project of the Philippines has been nominated as one of the 2010 IAUD Awardees with its great contributions in enhancing the dignity of rural persons with disabilities in the Philippines.

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NCDA Supports Independent Living Initiatives of DPI-AP

October 27, 2010

As called for in Article 32 on International Cooperation of the UN-CRPD, the Council intensified forging of partnerships with global partners on disability. Last October 6 and 8, 2010 OIC Matt Lee, Jr., led dialogues with visiting foreign experts from Japan, Korea and Thailand representing Disabled People’s International-Asia Pacific, Nakhompathom Independent Living Center, Thailand Council of Independent Living Center and Network of Music and Arts of PWDs.

1. Disabled People’s International (DPI) – team led by Mr. Shoji Nakanishi, Chairperson, DPI, together with Ms. Suju Kwon, Program Officer, Toyota Foundation and Mr. Abner Manlapaz, President, Life Haven Independent Living Center shares CRPD local/Regional breakthroughs and concerns with Council officers and NHE-JICA Project Consultants.

Mr. Nakanishi cites LifeHaven Independent Center's empowerment of severely disabled Filipinos, led by its President Abner Manlapaz.
Mr. Nakanishi cites LifeHaven Independent Center's empowerment of severely disabled Filipinos, led by its President Abner Manlapaz.
OIC Lee welcomes Mr. Nakanishi to NCDA and briefs him on NCDA's UN-CRPD initiatives and common concerns.
OIC Lee welcomes Mr. Nakanishi to NCDA and briefs him on NCDA's UN-CRPD initiatives and common concerns.

Ms.Suju Kwon, NCDA IECD Chief Zaldy Sanchez and Ms. Naoko Ito compare notes with Mr. Shoji.
Ms.Suju Kwon, NCDA IECD Chief Zaldy Sanchez and Ms. Naoko Ito compare notes with Mr. Shoji.
Officer-In-Charge, Mateo A. Lee, Jr. informed the group on the country's implementation of the "Convention on the Rights of PWDs."
Officer-In-Charge, Mateo A. Lee, Jr. informed the group on the country's implementation of the "Convention on the Rights of PWDs."
Mr. Mateo Lee briefs participants during the forum
Mr. Mateo Lee briefs participants during the forum
participants actively participated during the forum
participants actively participated during the forum
Thai guests discusses about their independent living project in Thailand
Thai guests discusses about their independent living project in Thailand
Thai guests discusses their experiences on independent living in Thailand
Thai guests discusses their experiences on independent living in Thailand

Officer-In-Charge, Mateo A. Lee, Jr. with the Officers and Staff of the Council, Ms. Nelia R. De Jesus, Chief, Technical Cooperation Center, Ms. Dolores Deang-Soterio, Chief, Programs Management Division, Mr. Miguel Antonio Limon, Information Officer IV, Mr. John Restie T. Hizon, Planning Officer, Ms. Josephine V. Despi, Project Development Officer and the NCDA/JICA NHE Project, Mr. Daisuke Sagiya and Ms. Naoko Ito, JICA Experts, greets the foreign experts on Independent Living from Thailand, Mr. Teerawat Sripathomsawad, Founder/Executive Director, Nakormpratum Independent Living Center, Mr. Paradorm Koomsup, National Project Advisor on Independent Living, Disabled People’s International Asia-Pacific Region (DPI/AP) and Mr. Sawang Srisom, Chairperson/Project Manager, Network of Music and Arts of Persons with Disabilities (NMAD). This dialogue on October 8, 2010 at the NCDA Atrium led to forging an agreement to push for Independent Living in the country, in a big way.

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Franklin, Finally in Qatar, after his Bureau of Immigrations Ordeal

October 21, 2010

Franklin Corpuz at the airport
Franklin Corpuz at the airport

Franklin Corpuz, a deaf chef from Baguio City, beams with friends on his arrival in Doha Qatar, after being shabbily barred from boarding his flight by a Bureau of Immigrations (BI) Officer last October 5, 2011. Now on deck for his rigid training for Chefs at the One Landmark Mall in this country, his wife, Racquel Corpus, President of the Philippine Federation of the Deaf (PFD) said they laud the outpouring support of many sympathy groups including the media, which closely covered and monitored the incident.

MCCID Training Director Jojo Esposa, who was Franklin’s interpreter at the ABS-CBN interview the day after, said the couple was also grateful for the prompt intervention of the National Council on Disability Affairs. In a letter to BI Officer-in-Charge Atty. Ronaldo Ledesma dated October 4, 2010, OIC Mateo A. Lee, Jr., requested a quick investigation and report as basis for any legal action. NCDA, whose creation anchors on the ”UN-Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN-CRPD)”, is on a constant watch for violators of the rights of persons with disabilities.

In support, the training organizers extended Franklin’s stay from a week till the end of the month in Qatar. Mr. Corpuz works as a Chef in Hotel Venice and Sushine Bakery in Baguio City. Contrary to the BI Officer’s charge that he was leaving to work in Qatar, he was dead earnest in joining a brief training course for Chefs, as his documents indicated.

At this writing, with the unrelenting denial of the erring BI Officer, Franklin and Racquel are seriously considering pursuing the case, to protect fellow PWDs from similar future acts of discrimination.

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Consolidated Mandaluyong City PWD Profile

October 7, 2010

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NCDA and LTFRB warn drivers and conductors

October 4, 2010

Beware bus rivers and operators!

The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) is warning all public utility bus drivers and conductors to give the right treatment  to persons with disability!

Mr. Israel Racosas, a  passenger with disability (PWD)  using  a wheelchair recently sought the help of the NCDA to pursue his case against Victory Liner, Inc and its crew  for displaying arrogance and discourtesy   after his trip to Manila from Olongapo City, which  resulted him to insult and humiliation.

Mr. Racosas  filed a  complaint with the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) with the assistance of NCDA  against an arrogant and discourteous conductor in violation of  the Terms and Conditions prescribed in the Certificate of Public Convenience and Memorandum  Circular 2007-005.

The Victory Liner, Inc. and the bus crew of PUB Body No. 747 was slapped a fine of Three Thousand Pesos (P3,000.00) through an Order issued by a three-man investigation team from the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC)   Land Transportation Franchising  and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and Land Transportation Office (LTO).

The said Order also recommends Victory Liner, Inc. crew to undergo a seminar and suspend his driver’s license. Further, the LTFRB  Management Information Division was ordered not to issue the required confirmation of unit until a proof of compliance of payment of the said fine has been submitted as well as a proof that the bus crew has undergone the said seminar.

In a related event, Director Mateo Lee, Jr.  of the NCDA said that to avoid the same incident to happen again,   bus drivers and conductors should show courtesy and proper treatment to passengers with disabilities  accorded to them.  Should this persist, stiffer penalties may be imposed  to those arrogant bus crews in the next time they will do the same  discriminating acts which is a culpable  violation of the Republic Act No. 7277 otherwise known as the Magna Carta for Persons with Disabilities.

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NCDA joins the 2011 International Abilympics Workshop

October 4, 2010

In preparation for the 2011 International Abilympics (IA) that will be held in Seoul, Korea, the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) has participated in the 4-day workshop alongside delegates from other eight countries. ABILYMPICS, coined from olympics of abilities of persons with disabilities (PWDs), is a global work skills competition held every four years in various host countries.

Representatives of different countries who will participate in the 2011m International Abilympics in Seoul, Korea including Philippine delegation composed of Mrs. Nelia R. De Jesus and Mrs. Cynthia B. Barriga, (third and fourth from right, respectively) join other participants from participating countries for a photo opportunity.

NCDA representatives Mrs. Nelia de Jesus and Mrs. Cynthia Barriga were fielded to observe best practices on employment of persons with disabilities and build network with fellow member countries of the International Abilympics Federation (IAF). IAF is the umbrella organization of the world event. The workshop also gave the delegates a glimpse of the 27th National Abilympics in Korea held at the Olympic Park in Seoul. They observed events on Cake Decoration, Bicycle Repair, Painting and Techno Fair of the latest assistive technology on disability.

The workshop included a visit to SAMSUNG facility including other related institute and industrial work places, and the briefing for the 8th International Abilympics in 2011 also thereof.

In preparation for the country’s participation to these global skills Olympics, the NCDA collaborates with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority in the screening/selection of prospective participants who will compose the Philippine delegation. Regional screening will be undertaken to select the qualified competitors in their respective trade areas.  Abilympics Philippines, Inc. (API) which is the lead non-government organization in this undertaking is collaborating with the NCDA, TESDA and other government agencies to select a pool of contestants who will be fielded for the 2011 event.

The Philippines has fielded PWD contestants to compete in various fields that were held in Hongkong in 1991; Perth, Australia in 1995; Prague, Czech Republic in 2000; New Delhi, India in 2003; and in Shizuoko, Japan in 2007 in previous international Abilympics competitions.

The participation of Filipinos with disabilities in these international skills competitions have brought prestige and honor to the country especially when the Philippine team ranked eight and sixth in the 2000 and 2003 International Abilympics, respectively.

The International Abilympics aims to promote work excellence and work opportunities for persons with disabilities and foster international friendship.

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5th Search for Outstanding JICA Ex Participants

October 1, 2010

We are very pleased to invite you to join our Search for Outstanding JICA Ex-participants by nominating a candidate in any of the following categories:

• Arts Culture & Education
• Health and Safety
• Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources
• Administration & Governance
• Information and Communication Technology
• Social Work/Community/Service
• Finance/Business/Economics
• Research and Development

This nationwide search, which is now on its fifth year aims to give recognition to participants/recipients of Overseas Technical Cooperation Agency (OTCA) and or Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) – sponsored training, who have provided significant contribution in nation building as a result of knowledge gained from their training in Japan. The criteria for the awards as follows: (a) excellence in their respective fields of specialization; (b) contribution in the progress and development of our country as a result of training and studies in Japan; (c) contributions to the strengthening of the cooperation between Japan and the Philippines.

Deadline for the submission of nomination is on September 30, 2011, but it will be appreciated if you could submit as early as possible by using the required forms. All information is also available and downloadable at http://www.philjafa.org and you can send queries through email addresses philjafa@philjafa.org / philjafa@yahoo.com .

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