NCDA Awards Braille Watches to Students with Visual Impairment

February 25, 2012


Deputy Executive Director of the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) Mr.  Mateo A. Lee, Jr. (2nd from left, above photo) awards a Braille watch for the blind to Eugemar Red Garcia, a 3rd year student from Quirino High School during the Closing Program of the Training of Parents Volunteers Assisting Special Education Teachers Handling Multiple Disabilities with Visual Impairments conducted by the Parent Advocates for Visually Impaired Children (PAVIC) which was held at the NCDA last February 17, 2012.  Witnessing the awarding are Ms. Gina Dela Cruz, PAVIC President and Mr. Francis Choy, PAVIC Chairman of the Board of Trustee.  Other recipients of the Braille watches donated by Dr. Lur K. Pfau, a visually impaired lawyer from Switzerland and his wife Brigitte Ernest, are Angel Boo, Grade 5 student of Bambang Elementary School in Bocaue, Bulacan and Reynmerc Endac, a Grade 2 student from Commonwealth Elementary School.  

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1st CBR World Congress

February 14, 2012

Greetings from the 1st CBR World Congress!


With great pleasure we announce that the REGISTRATION is Now Open for the 1st Community Based Rehabiliation (CBR) World Congress to be held on November 26-28, 2012 at Jaypee Palace Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra India.

The Registration fee details are as follows:

1. Early Bird registration: INR 10,600 (approx. USD200) Deadline: April 30, 2012

2. Regular Registration: INR 13,250 (approx. USD250)

For more details pls log on to

Should you need further assistance in registration, kindly write to or




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Bus Operator suspends employee for discriminating a Person with Disability

February 8, 2012

In a letter to NCDA dated January 27, 2012, Dalin Bus line, Inc owner, Romeo Dalin Gaffud expressed his apologies for the discriminating treatment of his employee towards Ms. Trinidad C. Agguid of Bambang Nueva Vizcaya.

Mr. Gaffud also stated that the employee involved in the case was already suspended and that his company already took appropriate actions to comply with BP344.

NCDA is commending Dalin Bus Line for their immediate action on the complaint.

Below is the scanned copy of the letter.


Letter from Dalin Bus Liner
Letter from Dalin Bus Liner



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The Birth of a New Partnership

February 6, 2012

Dr. Iur. K. Pfau, a visually impaired Lawyer from Switzerland together with his wife Brigitte Ernest donated three (3) Swiss Braille watches to the Council received by NCDA Deputy Executive Director Mateo A. Lee, Jr. on December 2, 2012. Said watches will be given to deserving high school students with visual impairment. He also looks forward to sending Braille materials for local students with visual impairment in the future.

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PWD Webstore Mechanics

February 6, 2012


Product details will be posted in one of the NCDA website’s pages for one (1) week for online presence and promotion. Contact information will be given for interested investors or buyers to directly contact the concerned PWD Entrepreneur. The latter must be responsible in handling every inquiry being the business owner.

  • PWD Entrepreneur must provide the following data:
  • Product / Service Description
  • Prices/Rates
  • Photos of Products
  • Contact Details Business
  • Name Business Owner’s Name
  • Business Complete Address
  • Contact Person (2) Cellphone Number
  • Email address (optional)
  • Website Address (optional)
  • DTI Business Permit #

After screening, business information will be posted on the Webstore page of the NCDA website Each company/business portfolio will be posted for one (1) week, to give others equal chance. This portal can thus be a concrete advertising hub, gratis, for PWD entrepreneurs as this will not only spur their economic activities but generate public awareness on their role in the country’s productive workforce.

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NVRC Hosts Saori Weaving Workshop

February 5, 2012

Twenty one (21) trainees joined the 3-day Saori Weaving Workshop jointly held by the Natinal Council on Disability Affairs and the National Vocational Rehabilitation Center last December 12-14, 2011.  Saori is an art of weaving by hand  dedicated to free expression and self-development for everyone, regardless of physical or mental ability, age, or artistic aptitude. It is pure improvisation from the heart, with no premeditated pattern in mind. From the colourful woven material,  clothing, bags, tapestries, and many useful items that can be appreciated by all, can be created.


Ms. Rebecca M. Santos. Founder and Executive Director of Saori VSA Arts Philippines, with trainors Mr. Jowee Martinez and Mr. Sandy Ching (deaf trainor), taught the group composed of 12 deaf, 4 with orthopaedic disabilities and 5 dependents.  The enthusiastic group capped their training with a showcase of artistic talents expressed in their attractive woven products exhibited on the last day of the Workshop.


Trainees’ posterity shot with NCDA,     NVRC and VSA Arts Phil Officials

The NVRC officials thanked NCDA for choosing NVRC as project host which stands to usher in work opportunities for new Saori weavers.  With assurance of a market in Japan, this widens the limited work opportunities for people with cross-disabilities including those with visual problems.

With the Workshop’s success, NVRC Social Welfare Officer III Ms. Amor Macapanpan requested NCDA for a part 2.  Deputy Executive Director Mateo A. Lee, Jr. said that it is just a beginning of new opportunities for PWD entrepreneurs.

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