Filipino ‘Fellows’ of QUT-ALAF complete Training in Australia.

May 28, 2011

Filipino ‘Fellows’ (scholars) of  AusAID’s Australian Leadership Awards Fellowship had just completed their training program on Policy Development, Implementation, Advocacy, Monitoring and Evaluation of Disability-Inclusive Programs and Legislations in the Philippinesin Brisbane, Australia last May 6,  2011. This is a collaborative learning partnership between Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and the Philippines’ National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA).

A 13-man delegation composed of 6 NCDA Employees, 4 representatives from its member-agencies and 3 from PWD organizations in the Philippines were sent to Australia to undergo a 7-week training program from March 21 to May 6, 2011.  The program focused on 7 areas namely: (1)Introductory Leadership Program, (2)Training of Trainers, (3)Disability in Development, (4)Disabled People’s Organizations and Government-Led Bodies in Disability,(5) Advocacy and Networking,(6) Policy Development, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation, and (7)Re-entry Action Planning and Presentation of Output, where each was required to submit and present an Action Plan on specific measures for implementation on the first year after the course.

The Filipino ‘Fellows’ are currently preparing their action plans in preparation for a post-fellowship monitoring to be conducted by QUT in Manila, to assess its progress and impact.

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DFA-Office of Consular Affairs implements RA. 9442 in all their offices.

May 28, 2011

In a response letter dated April 29, 2011, the DFA Office of Consular Affairs informed the National Council on Disability Affairs that their office has established a “Special Lane” for persons with disabilities, Senior Citizens and OFWs which will also be instituted in their Regional Consular Offices following the implementation of RA 9442“an Act Amending RA 7277, otherwise known as the “Magna Carta For Persons With Disabilities

Persons with disabilities, Senior citizens and OFWs will no longer be required to have a passport appointment and instead, be accommodated immediately upon their appearance at The DFA offices.  The DFA offices will also be providing appropriate signage to inform their visitors of the “Special Lanes”.

(See full text of letter)

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PAD Thanks NCDA for being recognized as among its NGO partners

May 25, 2011

NCDA recognizes the Philippine Association of the Deaf, (PAD) Inc. as one of its partners in promoting and protecting the rights of persons with disabilities, particularly deaf citizens.  After a long struggle with operational concerns, it is slowly but surely bouncing back.

Philippine Association of the Deaf, Inc. is currently training law enforcers in 43 Police precincts and sub precincts of Quezon City, in the English version of Sign Language. At the same time, it is building its new office, geared to generate for their members work opportunities in agriculture and other business fields.

See PAD’s letter of thanks.

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NCDA Spearheads Provincial Disability Forums

May 18, 2011

The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) in collaboration with the Provincial Governments, Liliane Foundation Philippines, Plan International and Terre des Hommes  held a series of Provincial Disability Forum on May 11 (Northern Samar) and May 13 (Western Samar) and will continue the said activity on May 16 and 18, 2011 in   Eastern Samar and Southern Leyte, respectively.

Representatives from the national government agencies such as the Department of Social Welfare & Development, Department of Education, Department of Public Works and Highways and Department of Labor and Employment  which are mandated to implement programs for  persons with disabilities, will  discuss their specific programs for the sector. These include Auxiliary and Social Services, Education, Accessibility and Economic/Livelihood Programs together with their counterparts from the non-government organizations in the provinces of Region VIII.

Participants in this forum are local service providers that include the Municipal Planning Officers, Chairpersons of the Appropriations Committee of the Sanggunian Bayan and Panlungsod, the Presidents of organizations of and for persons with disabilities, and the local media.

The forum envisions to bring closer to the sector of persons with disabilities including their families and advocates, various policies and programs of the government concerning disability, and ensure that all concerned stakeholders are aware of the existing policies and mandates on disability being implemented by the government.


Similar forums will also be held on May 31, at the Rendezvous Resort, Nursery, Masbate Province, and on June 3, at the Sikatuna Beach Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro.

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Persons with Disabilities finally get 20% discount from Mercury Drugstores

May 17, 2011

Starting May 1, 2011, Persons with Disabilities can already use their Discount ID cards to avail of the 20% discount pursuant to RA 9442 on the purchase of medicines and from all Mercury Drugstores Nationwide.

However, before the compliance of Mercury to the said law, the Food and Drug Administration of the Philippines (FDA) released a decision, finding Mercury Drug Corporation liable in violating Chapter 8 Sec 32 (C) of RA 7277 as amended by RA 9442 in relation to AO 2009-0011 on three separate counts of complaints filed against them. The resolution released on February 22, 2011, fines MDCI branches in San Juan, Cainta & Conception, Marikina P50, 000.00 on each count of the violation and warns MDCI that any future violation may result to graver sanctions.

Mercury Drug Corporation, one of the largest drugstore chains in the Philippines, had earlier supported the petition of the Drugstores Association of the Philippines, Inc. (DSAPI) to prohibit the implementation of NCDA Administrative Order No. 1, Series of 2008 together with RA 9442.

Although MDCI will continue their support to the Drugstore Association of the Philippines on their petition to the Supreme Court to declare RA 9442 unconstitutional MDCI has committed to implement the 20% discount to comply with the law. See FDA decision on complaints

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E.O 33 Attaches NCDA to DSWD

May 12, 2011

On April 5, 2011, President Benigno Simeon Aquino III signed Executive Order No. 33 series of 2011 transferring the National Council on Disability Affairs from the Office of the President to the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Executive Order 33 stipulates that since “DSWD is mandated to provide social protection and promote the rights and welfare of the poor, vulnerable, and the disadvantaged individuals, families and communities to contribute to poverty alleviation and empowerment through social welfare and development (SWD) policies, programs, projects and services implemented with or through local government units (LGUs), non-government organizations (NGOs), peoples organizations (POs), other government organizations (GOs) and members of the civil society” it can provide the NCDA  the institutional support it needs to carry out its functions more effectively. Because of this Executive Order, The Secretary of the DSWD, now Secretary Corazon Juliano Soliman shall be the ex-officio Chairman of the Council.

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May 11, 2011


If you’re having difficulty with PAYPAL, pay thru Managers Check address to National Council on Disability Affairs as payee. Secure this from your nearest bank with an affiliated bank in Manila Philippines. Send the Managers Check via registered mail via courier of your choice to Manila. Then we will present the Managers Check in the affiliate bank in Manila. Make sure that bank in your country where you get your Managers Check has an affiliate bank in the Philippines. Once we confirmed of your payment, we will send the confirmation to you.

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MCCID Opens its New Campus

May 10, 2011

The NCDA welcomes the deaf community and all concerned, the opening of the new Manila Christian Computer Institute for the Deaf (MCCID) now known as the ‘’MCCID College of Technology” or MCT, in San Mateo, Rizal.

From an old building in Cubao, Quezon City, the College recently announced that their brand new campus is now fully operational.  Inspired by its theme “God, Education, Technology, Life”, it has trained and launched deaf ICT professionals to various careers, jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities, a lot of them garnering exemplary awards, locally and abroad.

For further details on this milestone, including MCCID enrolment and courses offered, please visit

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