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September 21, 2011

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2nd Call for Papers

September 7, 2011

Dear Colleagues,

The 2nd Asia-Pacific CBR Congress Programme Committee is grateful to all those who have submitted abstracts in response to the first call for abstracts. Notifications for acceptance for accepted presenters will be done after the review has been completed.

We are issuing a second call for abstracts to prospective participants who are interested in making a presentation for the following concurrent session topics:
1. Concurrent Session 1: Country Experiences in Localizing the Implementation of UNCRPD and MDG
2. Concurrent Session 2: (a) HIV/AIDS, (b) Gender Equality, (c) Leprosy, Diabetes and Other Chronic Illnesses, (d) Conflict Situations
3. Concurrent Session 3: (a) Livelihood
4. Concurrent Session 4: (a) Independent Living, (b) Parents Support Groups, (c) Non-Government Organizations, (d) Faith-based Organizations, (e) self-propelled Disabled People’s Organizations
5. Concurrent Session 5: (a) Working with Research Institutions, (b) Working with Media

For your convenience in making a submission, please read the following guidelines:
1. Closing date for submission of additional abstracts is August 31, 2011.
2. Please limit your abstract to 500 words or less, using the Abstract Format, which you can download here.
3. Abstracts should be submitted to the Program Committee by email at:
4. All submitted abstracts will be acknowledged within 5 working days from receipt.
5. All abstracts will be reviewed by the Program Committee.
6. Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by email.
7. The list of accepted additional presenters will be confirmed by the end of September, 2011.
8. Authors of accepted abstracts must submit both their full paper and Power Point presentation (compatible with MS 2003 version) via email at by September 30, 2011.
9. Official language for presentation is English.
10. Presenters should be registered participants.

The first batch of abstracts that we have received is very exciting and they truly bring in a lot of experiences and learning! Thank you very much! We look forward to receiving more engaging and exciting abstracts and presentations!


Sub-Committee on Program
2nd CBR Asia-Pacific Congress National Organizing Committee

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Court of Appeals denies TRO filed by Southern Luzon Drug Corporation

September 5, 2011

The Special Fifth Division of the Court of Appeals, in its decision dated June 17, 2011 (CA-G.R. SP NO. 102486), denied the petition for a temporary restraining order and/or writ of preliminary injunction filed by the Southern Luzon Drug Corporation (petitioners) to prohibit and invalidate section 4 (a) 2 of the expanded senior citizen’s act of 2003 and its implementing rules and regulations, section 32 of the magna carta for persons with disability, and section 5.1 of its implementing rules and regulations. This means that while the appeal of the petitioners is ongoing, ALL DRUGSTORES IN THE PHILIPPINES ARE BOUND TO COMPLY WITH THE ABOVE MENTIONED PROVISIONS. AND THAT NON COMPLIANCE OR ANY VIOLATION WILL BE PENALIZED AS PROVIDED FOR IN SECTION 46 OF Republic Act 9442 AMENDING Republic Act 7277 which reads as follows;
“SEC. 46. Penal Clause. –
(a) Any person who violates any provision of this Act shall suffer the following penalties:
(1) For the first violation, a fine of not less than Fifty thousand pesos (P50,000.00) but not exceeding One hundred thousand pesos (P100,000.00) or imprisonment of
not less than six months but not more than two years, or both at the discretion of the court; and
(2) For any subsequent violation, a fine of not less than One hundred thousand pesos (P100,000.00) but not exceeding Two hundred thousand pesos (P200,000.00) or imprisonment for not less than two years but not more than six years, or both at the discretion of the court.
(b) Any person who abuses the privileges granted herein shall be punished with imprisonment of not less than six months or a fine of not less than Five thousand pesos (P5,000.00), but not more than Fifty thousand pesos (P50,000.00), or both, at the discretion of the court.
(c) If the violator is a corporation organization or any similar entity, the officials thereof directly involved shall be liable therefore.
(d) If the violator is an alien or a foreigner, he shall be deported immediately after service of sentence without further deportation proceedings.

Upon filing of an appropriate complaint, and after notice and hearing the proper authorities may also cause the cancellation or revocation of the business permit, permit to operate, franchise and other similar privileges granted to any business entity that fails to abide by the provisions of this Act.”

We therefore call on all our partners and concerned citizens to report any violation to the NCDA Programs Management Division tel. No. 952-2809,
Office of the Executive Director 951-6033 or via email:

Court of Appeal Decision

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