NCDA’s Message of Sympathy and Support to Japanese Quake Victims and Counterparts

March 21, 2011

In sympathy and support to the Japanese earthquake victims particularly persons with disabilities, NCDA OIC Matt Lee, Jr. sent with dispatch, a message to Mr. Shoji Nakanishi, the Executive Officer of the Japan Council on Independent Living Centers (JCLIC).

Mr. Shoji Nakanishi , now leads the emergency relief operations for earthquake victims with disabilities in Japan, set up by the Japan Disability Forum (JDF) composed of 13 Disabled People’s  Organizations nationwide. Shown here on his recent NCDA visit with NCDA officials and Ms. Naoko Ito Sang, JICA Consultant on the NHE Rural Project. , who transmitted JFD’s petition to the Council.

In particular, the message supports the petition and efforts of the Japan Federation of the Disabled (JFD) composed of 13 Disabled People’s Organizations from all over Japan, to set up an emergency relief center for victims with disabilities now based in JCLIC, led by its Director elect Mr. Nakanishi. Late last year, the latter engaged the Council to take up ways to strengthen local independent living centers, using their best practices in Japan.

See full message.

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Message from the National Council on Disability Affairs

March 21, 2011

Message from the National Council on Disability Affairs

The National Council on Disability Affairs, extends its utmost sympathy and support to the thousands of Japanese people devastated by the onslaught of the 8.9 earthquake last Friday, March 11, 2011. The tidal waves this triggered on the northeast of Japan claimed thousands of lives and left many thousands more fighting for survival. As reported, and needless to say, hundreds of persons with disabilities were among the first to perish and suffer, being among the most vulnerable groups in the country.

We also convey our full support to the initiatives of the Japan Disability Forum (JDF) composed of 13 Disabled People’s Organizations from all over Japan, for setting up an emergency relief center to evacuate and assist helpless victims with disabilities. This is under the selfless leadership of Mr. Shoji Nakanishi, the Director elect of the said center, presently operating in the Japan Council of Independent Living Center.

In this light, the Council enjoins various Japan government instrumentalities to extend all possible assistance to the abovementioned initiatives to ensure that interventions are properly provided to persons with disabilities, as called for in Article 11 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This Article states that States Parties shall take, in accordance with their obligations under international law, including international humanitarian law and international human rights law, all necessary measures to ensure the protection and safety of persons with disabilities in situations of risk, including situations of armed conflict, humanitarian emergencies and the occurrence of natural disasters. Although Japan is not a signatory to this Convention, we fully understand the high regard of its government to its citizens with disabilities, on their protection and security.

Our sincerest sympathy and support to our Japanese partners and friends in their selfless and undaunted recovery efforts.

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

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AFS Scholar Korea-bound for a Cultural Exchange Program

March 4, 2011

Yamie (standing-L) with fellow AFSers (Gemmalyn, Adisa and Marlon)
Yamie (standing-L) with fellow AFSers (Gemmalyn, Adisa and Marlon)

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Tourism Department Issues Guidelines on Special Discounts for PWDs

March 3, 2011

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has issued a Memo Circular No. 2011-04 Series of 2011, adopting the Guidelines granting Special Discounts to Persons with Disabilities (PWDs). This, according to Atty. Ma. Victortia V. Jasmin, DOT Undersecretary for Tourism Regulation, Coordination and Resource Generation, is to comply with the provisions of the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons as amended by R.A. 9442.

The Circular enjoins all DOT-accredited restaurants, hotels, tourist inns, apartels, pension houses, resorts and similar establishments, tertiary hospitals, ambulatory clinics, spas, sports and recreational clubs/centers, museums, galleries, tourist land, water and air transport operators to grant PWDs at least twenty percent (20%) discount on services stated in the Circular, for their exclusive use or enjoyment.

See full text of the Circular.

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