NCDA Cheers Delegates to Korea’s “ Global Challenge for Youth with Disabilities”

October 19, 2012

Pinch-hitting for ED Carmen Reyes-Zubiaga, DED Matt Lee Jr., met the 5-man team for this world event on October 29-November 2, 2012 in Incheon, Korea.  He helped find the team’s name – “MAKE THE RIGHT REAL – PHILIPPINES,  adopting the new Decade’s tagline, with the theme: I.T.’s More Fun in the Philippines”.  The young delegates will compete in e-LIFE,  e-Tools and e-Sports categories.

The 5 delegates are:  1) Ms. Jennifer Garcia, Team Coordinator from NCDA, will also present a country paper on “Accessible ICT in the Philippines”, 2) Ezekiel “EJ” Erpelo, MCCID Institute of Technology,  3) Gerson Peralta, Philippine National School for the Blind (PNSB) ,  Jabby Vesagas (Independent Living Learning Centre (ILLC), and Jabby’s Mother/Personal Assistant Mrs. Connie Vesagas.

Global IT Challenge Philippine Delegation
Global IT Challenge Philippine Delegation
Left to right: NCDA-TCD Chief Nelia R. de Jesus, Mr. Pablito Gesmundo (PNSB), MCCID Institute of Technology Training Director/Coach Jojo Esposa, PNSB Teacher/Coach Adonis Untalan, RP Team Coordinator Jennifer Garcia, Youth Delegates Ezekiel John “EJ” Erpelo (MCCID) and Gerson Peralta from PNSB, NCDA-DED Matt Lee, Jr., Youth Delegate Jabby Vesagas (ILLC), Jabby’s Mom/Personal Assistant Mrs. Connie Vesagas, Ms. Nina Almeda, ILLC Coach and Mrs. Peralta.

Team’s dry-run of 3-day program the e-contests

The meeting no doubt, set the whole team on a high gear, with NCDA’s full support. Big thanks goes to the Department of Foreign Affairs’’ staff Ms. Mila Cruz, who tirelessly makes the express lanes for PWD passport applicants real, including these young delegates.

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NCDA Marks Appointment of COMELEC Commissioner Grace Padaca

October 10, 2012

In her GMA7 “Unang Hirit “Interview on October 5, 2012, woman advocate Grace Padaca, spoke of her appointment as new COMELEC Commissioner.   Accompanied no less by DILG Secretary Mar Roxas in the photo below, she posted a P70,000 bail, personally chipped in by President PNOY himself, on a malversation case filed against her in 2007, when she was seeking reelection as Isabela Governor in 2007.

In the interview, ex-Isabela Governor Padaca told ‘Unang Hirit’ Anchor Man Arnold Clavio that her experience as a victim of election irregularities and political harassment would help her serve her post objectively.  She urged candidates committed to serve but hesitant for lack of money for votebuying,  to file their candidacy.  She believes that under the term of PNOY, citing Secretary Jesse Robredo’s legacy, honest public officials have a better chance of win.

In a big way, and winning her ups and downs, Commissioner Padaca is proof that disability is no hindrance to active participation in political and social life.



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Persons with disabilities may now avail of free legal assistance

October 9, 2012

In recognition of the need to assist persons with disabilities in their legal concerns,  the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), an attached agency of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) established the Sub-Committee on Access to Justice and Anti-Discrimination for Persons with Disabilities.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) will chair the Sub-Committee on Access to Justice and Anti-Discrimination with members from NCDA, Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Public Attorney’s Office (PAO), Philippine National Police (PNP), Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), and PWDs organizations.

The Sub-Committee was launched recently through the signing of a memorandum of agreement. During the launching, NCDA Acting Executive Director Carmen Reyes-Zubiaga turned-over to DOJ Assistant Chief Counsel Ruben F. Fondevilla a case monitoring report containing some 346 deaf cases documented by the Philippine Deaf Resource Center (PDRC) from 2006 to 2012.

After the launching, a consultation-dialogue was held with the newly-designated “PWD-Friendly Public Attorneys” from the DOJ-PAO together with different PWD organizations.  The mechanics on how to respond to the legal issues and concerns of PWDs, including the availment of PAO legal assistance were discussed.

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman said that with the creation of the Sub-Committee on Access to Justice and Anti-Discrimination and the introduction of the DOJ-PAO “PWD-Friendly Public Attorneys” the complaints and cases filed by PWDs will be speedily resolved.

The Philippines is one of the signatory-State Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in December 2006. Article XIII (Access to Justice) of the UN Convention emphasizes that State Parties are committed to take appropriate measures to ensure the rights of PWDs through the provision of procedural and age-appropriate accommodation, appropriate training for those working in the field of administration of justice, to facilitate the effective role of PWDs as direct and indirect participants in all legal proceedings, including investigative and other preliminary stages.

“We should always ensure that the dignity, human rights and freedom of all PWDs are respected, promoted and protected. PWDs have the same human rights as others, and must be able to enjoy them on an equal basis with non-PWDs,” Secretary Soliman emphasized.,

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RONEL DEL RIO, One of UN-ESCAP’s 7 “Promoters” of the New Decade in AP

October 9, 2012

Batangas Governor’s Advocate Mr.  Ronel del Rio, the only Filipino chosen by the United Nations-Economic and Social Commission in the Asia Pacific (UN-ESCAP), joins six others  from other AP countries,  as official ‘PROMOTERS’’ of the “3rd Decade of Persons with Disabilities”, 2013-2023.

Ronel with many hats, takes his role as Governor Vilma Santos-Recto’s Advocate’s most seriously, inspired by the former’s full support, shown here signing manifesto of commitment to engage the business sector in creating work ops for Batanguenos with disabilities.

Batangas LGU’s powerhouse cast led by Ronel…whose award as UN-ESCAP’s Promoter in AP was proudly announced by NCDA Acting Executive Director Carmen, at the SubCom on Access to Justice launch.

Mr. del Rio, a longtime radio announcer and focal person on the Philippine Disability Affairs Office (PDAO)-Batangas Province, is an active member of the Philippine Coalition on the UN-CRPD and also a prominent feature of the Fully Abled Nation (F.A.N.), a campaign for disability-inclusive elections.  Shown below as host/coordinator of the “Web Access Workshop”, he recruited 27 interoffice personnel in the Batangas Provincial Capitol, to learn to make their website “PWD-friendly”  , as an empowering tool for Batangueños with disabilities.

The workshop was held in sync with the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) and the Philippine Web Accessibility Group (PWAG)whose President , Mr. Jojo Esposa, served as the main Resource Person.

As promoter, Mr. del Rio is tasked to launch a dynamic campaign, alongside other promoters, to  ‘MAKE THE RIGHT REAL” for persons with disabilities, called for in the ‘UN- Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’.

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