AFS Scholar Korea-bound for a Cultural Exchange Program

February 22, 2011

Yamie (standing-L) with fellow AFSers (Gemmalyn, Adisa and Marlon).
Yamie (standing-L) with fellow AFSers (Gemmalyn, Adisa and Marlon).
Yamie Fiestada, with 3 other model deaf students of De la Salle University – College of St. Benilde (DLSU-CSB), will soon fly to South Korea for a cultural exchange program. Sponsored by the Korean Employment Agency for the Disabled (KEAD), this will run from February 13-18, 2011, at the Ilsan Vocational Competency Development Center (IVCDC). CSB’s School for Deaf Education and Applied Studies (SDEAS) will field four deaf young people, 1 deaf adviser and 2 hearing Faculty Chaperons to complete their 6-man team.

Yamie is among the 11 PWD exchange students sent under the American Field Service-Youth Exchange Scholarship (AFS-YES) and has since showed exemplary academic and social skills. Those and her positive outlook probably qualified her to be considered as one of DLSU-CSB’s model students and a capable young cultural ambassador for the country.

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NCDA Hosts the 4th IBSA World Chess Games Elimination Round

February 22, 2011

GM Antonio supervises the competition
GM Antonio supervises the competition

OIC Matt Lee, Jr. welcomed and cheered the 6 Visually Impaired chess contenders for the IBSA World Elimination Round held at the NCDA last Friday February 11, 2011. Led by Coach and trainor Grandmaster Rogelio M. Antonio, Jr., the goal was to choose 2 winners for fielding in the upcoming “4th International Blind Sports Association (IBSA) World Games” slated in Antalya, Turkey on April 1 – 11, this year.

Players thinking on their next moves
Players thinking on their next moves

NCDA focal person for Sports Nanie Apostol also announced that the two winners joining the IBSA World Games will represent the country in the “6th ASEAN Paragames” in Indonesia in December 2011. For the elimination round in NCDA, arbiter Sandy Angustia used a double round robin that gave the players a two-time opportunity to prove themselves. See the final elimination round results below.

Ranking after 1st and 2nd Round Robin

Player Scores
Rodolfo Canonigo 5 points
Abraham Peligro 3 points
Cecilio Bilog 2 points
Melchor Pizarro 2 points
Rodolfo Sarmiento 0
Francis Ching 0

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PFRD Extends APOLINARIO MABINI AWARDS (AMA) Nomination Deadline

February 22, 2011

AMA nomination has been extended to March 31, 2011. This was announced by PFRD President Noli V. Agcaoili on the first meeting of the AMA Screening Committee (SC) chaired by UAAP Accessibility Committee Chairman and 2002 Mabini Presidential Awardee Architect Jim Silva.

AMA SC takes a break. Left to right: SC Chairman Arch. Jim Silva (United Architects’ Association of the Phil.), Ms. Therese Bustos (UP College of Ed-SPED), Ms. Dang Koe (Autism Society of the Phil.), Mr. Randy Weisser (Resources for the Blind), Ms. Joy Garcia (Tahanang Walang Hagdanan) and Ms. Nelia R. de Jesus (NCDA).
AMA SC takes a break. Left to right: SC Chairman Arch. Jim Silva (United Architects’ Association of the Phil.), Ms. Therese Bustos (UP College of Ed-SPED), Ms. Dang Koe (Autism Society of the Phil.), Mr. Randy Weisser (Resources for the Blind), Ms. Joy Garcia (Tahanang Walang Hagdanan) and Ms. Nelia R. de Jesus (NCDA).

The Committee met for the first time to run down the previous guidelines/criteria for various categories and put on track a thorough review of nominations, in time for the Awards originally set on the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week “, on the 3rd week of July, this year.

As per Malacanang’s advice however, the AMA would be launched during the 2011 NDPR Week and the Awards to follow in August.

See PFRD’s official announcement.

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Japanese Aesophageal Speech Trainors Engage NCDA

February 22, 2011

AFLA officials meet with NCDA officers on possible partnership to boost aesophageal speech training of Filipinos affected by throat cancer.
AFLA officials meet with NCDA officers on possible partnership to boost aesophageal speech training of Filipinos affected by throat cancer.

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Japanese Aesophageal Speech Trainors Engage NCDA

February 22, 2011

Mr. Andoh presents token of appreciation to NCDA OIC Mr. Mateo A. Lee, Jr.
Mr. Andoh presents token of appreciation to NCDA OIC Mr. Mateo A. Lee, Jr.

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Japanese Aesophageal Speech Trainors Engage NCDA

February 22, 2011

Officials of AFLA and NCDA
Officials of AFLA and NCDA

Mr. Masuo Andoh, President of ‘Asian Federation of Laryngectomees’ Association’’(AFLA) and his team, took time out on February 16, 20100, from ongoing Esophageal Speech Training for 25 local throat cancer survivors, to thank the government’s support thru NCDA OIC Matt Lee, Jr. New Vois Association of the Philippines (NVAP) President Emer Rojas said the project is a joint project of AFLA Japan, St. Luke’s Medical Center – ENT Department and the NVAP.

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National Rare Disease Week, February 21-28, 2011

February 21, 2011

The Nation Commemorates National Rare Disease Week

By virtue of Proclamation No. 1989, declaring the 4th Week of February of every year as the “National Rare Disease Week” issued on February 8, 2010, the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) commemorates the 2nd National Rare Disease Week on February 21-28, 2011 with the International theme “Rare but Equal”.

As the focal agency of the government on disability matters, the NCDA, in partnership with Philippine Society for Orphan Disorders, Inc, enjoins all stakeholders in promoting the rights of children with special needs.

This week-long celebration enhances national information campaign that will instill public awareness about the nature and medical management of rare diseases and to generate full support for the special needs of children affected by rare disease from both public and private sectors .

The theme, “RARE but EQUAL”, focuses on a stronger awareness campaign for the general public involving all relevant stakeholders such as government agencies, health-care institutions, local government units, non-government organizations, the media and other private and public institutions.

For inquiries, please contact Ms. Cynthia K. Magdaraog (0917-5313838), Ms. Karen Panol (0922-8008783) or Ms. Yoly Elcano (0927-6571150) or through telefax 725-6519 or you can email at info@psod.org.ph.

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RLC Acts on PWD’s Complaints on Tacloban Mall’s Parking Lot Privileges for PWDs

February 2, 2011

Acting promptly on a PWD’s complaint that their Tacloban Mall has no parking lots reserved for persons with disabilities, Robinson’s Land Corporation (RLC) ensured the Council that this has already been addressed. In a letter to NCDA OIC Mateo A. Lee, Jr. who earlier forwarded said complaint, RLC General Manager Arlene Magtibay wrote that appropriate actions have been made.

For other similar concerns, RLC gave the following email address and contact numbers: customer.care@robinsonsland.com; Telephone Number 397-1888 local 261 and Mobile Number 0922-8118862.

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