Musashi University Professor Shares Disability Insights with NCDA

September 12, 2012

Last minute, but productive chat.  Prior to her flight back home, Sociology Professor Naoko Takeda, Ph.D. from Musashi University, Tokyo Japan,  traded notes with  NCDA ED Carmen Reyes-Zubiaga (above right photo) and staff, (from left, TCD Chief Nelia de Jesus, Project Dev’t. Officer Josephine Despi and PMD’s Planning Officer Delfina “Bing” Bacquir), on community-based livelihood programs of/for persons with disabilities.   This meeting would spin off following future joint projects: 1) field visits of Japanese sociology students to local livelihood projects such as beauty salon, bakeries and eateries run/manned by persons with disabilities, 2) posting of counterpart projects c/o Musashi University in Tokyo, Japan, on the Council website and other related info exchange.

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Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Launches Inclusive Education Training Program

September 5, 2012

The conduct of the 4-day kickoff component of “Strengthening the Capacity to Implement Inclusive Development in the Philippines” a partnership program between the National Council on Disability Affairs, the Department of Education and the Queensland University of Technology, under the Public Sector Linkages Program (PSLP) of Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).

First day, 29 May 2012 courtesy call to the Department of Education. Standing from the left Ms. Nelia R. de Jesus, Division Chief-Technical Cooperation Division, NCDA; Mr. Nelson Salangsang, Business Manager, International Projects, Queensland University of Technology, Australia, Dr. Marilyn D. Dimaano, Officer-In-Charge, and Mr. Romeo Mina, Senior Education Program Specialist, Bureau of Elementary Education, DepEd













Day two, 30 May 2012 courtesy call to the Department of Social Welfare and Development. The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) led by its Deputy Executive Director, Mr. Mateo A. Lee, Jr. together with Mr. Nelson Salangsang, Business Manager, Queensland University of Technology was welcomed by DSWD team led by Assistant Secretary, Institutional Development Group,Ms. Vilma B. Cabrera and Officer-In-Charge, Technical Assistance Unit.















Day 3, 31 May 2012, conduct of “Consultation with Stakeholders and Training

Needs  Analysis”

The conduct of “Consultation with Stakeholders and Training Needs Analysis” was held at the Department of Education, Pasig City. (Clockwise from the center picture) Ms. Trisha Gray, First Secretary, AusAID delivered a message from AusAID. Ms. Shalaine Marie Lucero, SWO V -DSWD Regional Office 7, served as the Master of Ceremony. DepEd’s Chief, Special Education Division Ms. Mirla R. Olores, welcomed the guests and participants and Deputy Executive Director, Mr. Mateo A. Lee, Jr. delivered a message from NCDA. Top left picture, Mr. Nelson Salangsang, Queensland University of Technology, Ms. Josephine V. Despi, National Council on Disability Affairs and Ms. Bernadette Cariaga, AusAID watch Ms. Trisha Gray as she signs the attendance sheet.

















Mr. Nelson Salangsang, Business Manager, Queensland University of Technology gave an overview on Inclusive Education, Culture of Participation and the G R O W Model Coaching.













Mr. Salangsang led the energizer for the group.












The Workshop. The participants were divided into five (5) groups to discuss their vision of Inclusive Education in the Philippines and the barriers to this vision.













Each group presented their output.





Day 4, 1 June 2012, the last day of the kick off component of the program. Debriefing with the DepEd and NCDA coordinators with Mr. Salangsang. On the bottom left picture, DED Mateo A. Lee, Jr., awarding the token of appreciation to Mr. Nelson Salangsang with Ms. Nelia de Jesus. Middle right picture, The NCDA and DepEd coordinators with Mr. Salangsang, from the left: Ms. Leovigilda Oasin, HRMO, NCDA; from DepEd Ms. Nancy Pascual and Mr. Romeo Mina, both Sr. Education Specialist; DED Mateo A. Lee, Jr., and Ms Josephine V. Despi, Project Development Officer.
























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“e-PDAO Network” Launched

September 4, 2012

To seal the recently concluded ‘’Philippine Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) Congress”, held in Bayview Plaza Hotel on August 15-17, 2012, PDAO Officers/focal persons  signed the Manifesto of Commitment/”e-PDAO Network”, to spur and serve as hub in rolling out national disability programs most effectively.


“Manifesto Signing of “e-PDAO Network”

Jorwin Bautista (left) among the first to sign, Joerabs (middle) signs on behalf of Opol Fed.of PWDs, the rest saying while signing, “Sali tayo dyan!’”
Jorwin Bautista (left) among the first to sign, Joerabs (middle) signs on behalf of Opol Fed.of PWDs, the rest saying while signing, “Sali tayo dyan!’”


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The Late Secretary Jesse Robredo’s TY Letter Touches NCDA

September 4, 2012

Popularly known as the “man of the masses” as was accorded to then President Magsaysay,  the late DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo was to the sector, a well loved “kasangga” and champion.  Mindful of his 2 blind kins, he tried to be present in as many gatherings as he could, rooting for “disability inclusive governance and participation” nationwide,  such as in national/local elections.




On Wednesday, August 29, 2012, the Council was touched after receiving his heartwarming letter, days after his interment in his hometown, thanking NCDA for conferring the DILG’s ‘PWD-friendly Website Award”, during the 34th NDPR Week.  His message, marked by his legacy as a dedicated public servant, posted here as follows, has no doubt lifted many sagging spirits among many Council staff, brought about by the recent calamities and day-to-day concerns.

From NCDA Officers and staff, mabuhay po kayo mahal naming Kalihim Jesse Robredo!


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Youth Ambassadors Rocel and Jene Boy Start ‘AFS Year’ In America

September 4, 2012


             2 Pinoy Scholars eagerly begin their Life-changing Year in Washington D.C.  Rocel Sison of the Philippine National School for the Blind and Jene Boy Deculing of Isabela school for the Deaf, join exchange students from all over the world on their orientation prior to placements for 1 year, in respective schools and foster families in California and Arizona.

NCDA-AFS Intercultural Philippines ‘Maleta’ Turnover. Executive Director Carmen Reyes-Zubiaga and DED Matt Lee, Jr. with Americal Field Service – Intercultural Programs Philippines (AFS-IPP) Volunteer Development Manager Beth Eduave, turn over traditional token suitcases to the young scholars joined by their parents, mentors,returning scholars and Council staff.


This joint project of the NCDA, AFS-IPP and the U.S. Government, gives 2-3 scholarship slots for PWDs out of 40, every year.  As the local government’s pitch for disability-inclusive education called for in the “UN-Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”, this also aims to groom future PWD leaders/rights advocates in the country.  Rocel and Jene Boy, now students in California and Arizona respectively, will make a total of 17, fielded since 2004, and are now making indelible marks in their studies and careers.  For those interested to apply, please check out


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NCDA Cheers London-bound RP Paralympics Team

September 4, 2012

Godspeed, RP Paralympics Team!   NCDA Executive Director Carmen Reyes-Zubiaga  leads well wishers in honoring and cheering the “Go for Gold RP Paralympics Team”in a dinner hosted by the Council at the Bayview Plaza Hotel, last August 17, 2012.  This sendoff of the  Philippine bets to the “ International Paralympics” in London meaningfully capped the closing of the 3-day 3-day PDAO Congress held in the same hotel.

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Young PWD Leaders Launched as Rights Advocates

September 3, 2012

To develop young leaders with disabilities as rights advocates,  NCDA Director Carmen Zubiaga’s instructions,  Abilympics Champs Virgie Rabino and Raphael Torralba  found their hands full, as Resource Speakers during the 34th NDPR Week.  On two separate occasions, both showed their mettles as budding leaders in their own rights.

Ms. Virgie, now part of the Council’s Information, Education and communications Division, spoke to Bulakenos with disabilities and support groups on their rights and privileges, according to the UN-CRPD and some local enabling laws last July 19, 2012 in Meycauayan, Bulacan.  As Young Voices Philippines’ past National Coordinator and the Philippine Team’s spokesperson at the 2011 International Abilympics in Korea, Virgie’s grasp of disability issues and corresponding stopgaps, helped the crowd appreciate what the government through NCDA, is doing for citizens with disabilities.

Raph Torralba in turn, shared practical “Tips in Communicating with Persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing”, hosted by the Department of Tourism for hotel/restaurant managers and staff last July 21, 2012.  Like Virgie, his achievements as a budding photo journalist with some news already published and cited internationally, and as a national photography champ involved in the Visual Shot Club’s “Photography with a Difference” project, have made some marks on the disability scene.

Watch out for these two emerging leaders, as NCDA ushers in the development, and the ‘coming out’ of more..



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