AusAID Supports Three Big Disability Events!

March 29, 2012


The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) has not just been helping develop PWDs and partners through overseas scholarships. It has also spurred active participation of women with disabilities and support groups in local fora on the rights of PWDs.
















The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) was one of the sponsors of the collaborated activity during the celebration of the “International Day of Persons with Disabilities” on December 3, 2011. The Council, through the National Steering committee created five (5) Thematic Sub-Groups to mark the celebration.  One of these groups is the “Sub-Group on Gender: Including Women and Girls with Disabilities, chaired by Ms. Carmen Reyes-Zubiaga, President, WOWLEAP.

Ms. Zubiaga led the “Leadership Training for Women with Disabilities in Advocacy and Orientation on Gender and Development Programming at the Community Level” held at Bayview Hotel on November 23-24, 2011 attended by women and girls with disabilities, parents of children with disabilities and Focal Persons from various regions. The activity trained participants to lead advocacy initiatives and collaborations with partners in government and private sector towards empowerment of women and children with disabilities.













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The Philippine Nation Observes World Autism Awareness Day

March 29, 2012


The country will take part in the global celebration of the World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) on April 2 with the theme “ Make the Right Real for Persons with Autism”.

Now on its 5th year, the Philippine government thru the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) leads this annual event celebration in cooperation with other government agencies and non-government organizations and the civil society groups.

Special activities have been lined up to observe WAAD in the Philippines. This include the (1) “Forum on the Supportive of Environment of Persons with Autism” at the DENR Social Hall, Visayas,  Quezon City; (2) “Art, Photo and Product Exhibits of Persons with Autism,”  DENR Social Hall, Visayas, Quezon City; and (3) “Light It Up Blue” Ceremony of the SM Mall of Asia’s Iconic Globular Light Emitting Diode (LED) with messages and images for Autism awareness and as a support for the LIUB campaign of Autism Speaks of the USA which leads the global celebration of the WAAD.

The United Nations General Assembly thru Resolution 62/139 issued on December 18, 2007 declared April2 of every year starting in 2008 as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD). The declaration invites UN Member States, relevant organizations, civil society, including non-governmental organizations and the private sector, to observe the World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) in order to raise public awareness about autism throughout society. The celebration of the Day brings to the world’s attention to promote autism, a pervasive intellectual disorder that affects millions of the human population worldwide.

A global statistics on human population shows a high prevalence of autism with a ratio of 1:00, which means that in a population of 100 individuals, one (1) is affected with it. With this prevalence and high rate of autism in children in all regions of the world and consequent development challenges to long-term health care, education, training and intervention programs undertaken by Governments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector, as well as its  tremendous impact on children, their families, communities and societies, such alarming condition, there is really a need to take measures to raise awareness on autism throughout the society and to encourage early diagnosis and early intervention.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or simply “autism,” is a lifelong development disability that manifests itself during the first three years of life and results from neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, mostly affecting children in many countries irrespective of gender, race of socio-economic status, and characterized by impairments in social interaction, problems with verbal and non-verbal communications and restricted, repetitive behavior, interests and activities.

Schedule of Activities

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NCDA Joins Two-fold Women’s Month Celebration in Antipolo, Rizal

March 27, 2012

Led by DSWD Secretary and NCDA Chairperson Corazon “Dinky” Soliman, the NCDA team alongside other agency representatives, made 500 polybags of godon and narra, to help green the devastated Marikina Watershed, in San Juan, Antipolo last March 8, 2012.  One team worked with Sitio Sapinit women while another team worked with women from Barangay Calawis, Antipolo.

Following the seedling potting and catchy beat of the MMDA Band, a series of speakers tackled in a forum, the crucial role of women with this year’s theme, “Women Weathering Climate Change: Governance, Accountability, Everyone’s Responsibility,”

Photos of NCDA staff with DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman during the Women’s Month Celebration in Antipolo, Rizal
Photos of NCDA staff with DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman during the Women’s Month Celebration in Antipolo, Rizal

Keynote Speaker Secretary Soliman underscored the role of women, who she dubbed as “weavers of relationships and movements”, in their contributions in taking care of water, shade and food.  Women’s involvement is crucial, in making government strategies more effective and sustainable.


She commended the Sapinit Watershed Settlers Association led by its president Grace Tepesa. Founded in 2003, this group of Sitio Sapinit women set up a nursery of narra and mahogany seedlings, in sync with the Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation. They tilled the land, prepared the watershed, and planted the seedlings. They are organized and systematic, and considered as a powerful force in their community.


Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) Chairperson Remedios Ignacio-Rikken stressed the proper implementation of “Republic Act 10121” which allots funds for Disaster Risk Reduction. Concerned with the lack of risk-reducing initiatives at the local government level, Ms. Rikken urged local officials not to bank on recovery alone, but to “plan to reduce disaster risks”, giving “women and men equal access to information on mitigating and adapting to climate change.”


This was confirmed by Office of Civil Defense Director Edgardo Ollet, who shared that most of Typhoon Sendong’s casualties and the 6.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Negros Oriental last February were women whose roles are “exemplified in family setting.”   Disaster risk reduction planning must be focused on intensifying household preparedness, survival skills and livelihood capability – building for women.


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Silent Wood Craft

March 12, 2012


Silent Woodcraft is owned and managed by Ms.  Lovella Acuyong and Mr. Kent Zurbano. Both of them are deaf gifted with talents and skills in arts and craft. They produce an array of wall decors and souvenir items made of wood like palo china and other materials.


Wood Craft/ Display/ Souvenir Items


  • Business Name                        :           Silent Woodcraft
  • Business Owner’s Name         :           Louella Acuyong
  • Business Complete Address   :           4766 Road 4 V. Mapa, Sta. Mesa Metro Manila
  • Contact Person (2)                  :           Louella Acuyong
  • Cellphone Number                  :           09158730975




















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PWD Voters’ Registration

March 12, 2012

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) highlights voters’ registration and right to suffrage of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).

In this connection, COMELEC shall conduct satellite registrations for PWDs based on the following schedules:

MARCH – Visayas

APRIL – Mindanao

MAY – Luzon including NCR and CAR

JULY – Nationwide

This event aims to encourage thousands of PWDs to register and for those who are already registered, to update their records at the local COMELEC offices or in selected locations for satellite registrations.

Download a copy of the proposed registration sites for Visayas. Comelec will be giving the list for other regions as soon as possible.

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Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Accomplishment Report

March 2, 2012

The Philippines, through NCDA, hosted the 2nd Asia and Pacific CBR Congress with the theme “CBR: Building Communities for Everyone” and Sub-Theme:  “Mainstreaming Disability in the Development Agenda” which was held on November 29 – December 1, 2011 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel, Pasay City.  It was attended by 630 participants from 65 countries in the entire Asia Pacific Region and the rest of the world composed of representatives of organizations of PWDs, CBR practitioners, domestic and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and government officials, development agencies, donors, media and the business sector.

Please click this link for the complete report: Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Accomplishment Report

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March 1, 2012

The NCDA through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), invites eligible bidders to apply for eligibility and to bid for the hereunder project:


:  Procurement of Security Services for NCDA Building Office for 12 hrs/guard per day

:  Contract of Security Services for the period March 1, 2012 to March 1, 2013

For more information please click on the following link:

Procurement of Security Services for NCDA Building Office


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