Law Signed Lifting Copyright Duties for Visually and Reading Impaired Persons

March 25, 2013

The disability community welcomes the passing of R.A. 10732 last February 28, 2013, amending R.A.8293 known as the “Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines”.

Consultation of women with visual impairment plenary
Consultation of women with visual impairment plenary

News on the law’s passage announced by Resources for the Blind (RBI) Director Mr. Randy Weisser, was warmly cheered by participants of the “Women on the Move: A Consultation of Women with Visual Impairment”, launched by the Philippine Blind Union last March 8, 2013 at the Quezon City Hall.

This news also capped the Polytechnic University of the Philippines-hosted “E-Publication, DAISY, Web Accessibility and Adaptive Technologies” on a high note last March 6, 2013, jointly held by RBI and NCDA, spearheaded by the Council’s Subcommittee on ICT.

Earlier, Speakers DAISY Consortium Founding member Hiroshi Kawamura. NCDA Acting Director Carmen Reyes-Zubiaga and Call Foundation President Lauro Purcil jointly urged librarians, publishers and partners to help push ‘’equitable access to information’’. This is called for in the UN-Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Article 9 on Accessibility.

Following are the two amended sections lifted from R.A. 10732:
“Section 11. Section 184.1 of R.A. 8293 is hereby amended to read as follows:

SEC. 184. Limitations on Copyright.

“’(1) The reproduction and distribution of published articles or materials in a specialized format exclusively for the use of blind, visually and reading-impaired persons. Provided that such copies and distribution shall be made on a non-profit basis and shall indicate the copyright owner and the date of the original publication.”

Sec. 12. Section 185.1 of the same R.A. is hereby amended to read as follows:

SEC. 185.1. Fair Use of a Copyrighted Work. – 185.1. The fair use of copyrighted work for criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, including limited number of copies for classroom use, scholarship, research and similar purposes, is not an infringement of copyright. Decompilation, which is understood here to be the reproduction of the code and translation of the forms of a computer program to achieve the interoperability of the independently created computer program with other programs may also constitute fair use under the criteria established by this section, to the extent that such decompilation is done for the purpose of obtaining the information necessary to achieve such interoperability. “

For the full text of the law, check out R.A. 10732.

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Women on the Move Marks Women’s Month

March 25, 2013

To concretely mark this year’s Women’s Month, the Philippine Blind Union (PBU) gathered over 50 women with disabilities at the Quezon City Hall last March 8, 2013 for “Women on the Move: A Consultation of Women with Visual Impairment”.

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After learning enabling laws and programs for women with disabilities, participants in groups showed creative ways to handle discrimination/challenges at home, work and public places. Below left, PBU Chairman Emiritus Capt. Oscar Taleon cheers Braille watch raffle winners.

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With backing from Resources of the Blind, National Council on Disability Affairs, the day-long session updated the group on the latest trends, laws, policies and programs as inputs to a year-long action plan, inspired by “NOTHING ABOUT US, WITHOUT US”, a famous Disabled People’s International tagline.

On the whole, the overall goal of exploring how PBU could best address relevant issues, through its Committee on Women, was thoroughly met, and more.

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2013 Women with Disabilities Day Celebration

March 22, 2013

In celebration of the 2013 Women with Disabilities Day on March 25 and pursuant to Proclamation No. 744 issued on December 6, 2004, titled “Declaring the Last Monday of March Every Year as Women with Disabilities Day, ” the Council is taking the lead in the observance of the Women with Disabilities Day in the country in partnership with the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) and other concerned agencies. For this purpose, the NCDA organized a National Working Committee, chaired by the Metro Manila Development Authority and Vice-Chaired by Tahanang Walang Hagdanan and Katipunan ng Maykapansanan sa Pilipinas, Inc. which shall steer and spearhead the Day’s celebration composed of different national government agencies and non-government organizations including associations of women with disabilities; and plan and conduct appropriate and fitting activities that will highlight the role of women with disabilities and feature their contributions in nation-building.

The theme for this year’s Women with Disabilities Day is Babaeng Maykapansan, Kasama Ka Sa Tuwid Na Daan!” which also serves as a subtheme to the Women’s Month theme prepared by the Philippine Commission on Women, that is, “Kababaihan: Gabay Sa Pagtahak sa Tuwid na Daan.” The theme aims to highlight the participation of women with disabilities on relevant and current issues of the society such as disaster risk reduction and as an advocate to other equally-important causes of women with disabilities.

The Council, in partnership with different government agencies and non-government organizations shall conduct the “Launching of the Ped Xing for Persons with Disabilities,” “Trainors’ Training of Women with Disabilities in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management” and “Miss Philippines on Wheels, Signs and Visions.” The details of these activities are as follows:

(1) “Launching of the Ped Xing for Persons with Disabilities” – This is part of the commitment of the Metro Manila Development Authority to provide accessible features for pedestrians with disabilities. This will be held in Aurora Blvd corner Imperial Street, Cubao, Quezon City on March 22, 2013.

(2) “Trainors’ Training of Women with Disabilities in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management” – This will be a half-day activity to be held on March 24, 2013 at 9:00 A.M. in Tahanang Walang Hagdanan, wherein 50 women with disabilities including focal persons on disaster risk reduction and management program from the local government units of Regions I, II, III, IV, CAR and NCR shall be the participants.

Resource persons from the Civil Defense Action Group shall be invited to provide with and discuss various information relating to preparation and readiness in times of disasters and calamities. They will also provide the over-all context of disaster risk reduction and management system to ensure that disaster risk reduction and climate change measures are gender responsive and respectful to their human rights. The MMDA in partnership with the Rotary Group are the lead organizations for this activity.

(3) “Miss Philippines on Wheels, Signs and Visions,”– This will be a whole-day activity wherein women with disabilities contestants representing Regions I, II, III, IV and CAR shall be presented to the public as well as to launch the search for “Miss Philippines on Wheels, Signs and Visions.” Tahanang Walang Hagdanan, WOW-Leap, KAMPI are the lead organizations for this activity. Contestants shall also take part in an Orientation on Personality Development on March 24 in the in the late afternoon after the Trainors’ Training at Tahanang Walang Hagdanan. Launching of the WWD day celebration and the said activity shall be held on March 25, 2013 at SM City Skydome North, EDSA, Quezon City.

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NCDA Spearheads Women with Disabilities Day

March 22, 2013

PRESS RELEASE:
Please refer to Ms. Araceli G. De Leon, Mobile No. 0920-9062287 or email us at council@ncda.gov.ph.

The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) announces the celebration of Women with Disabilities Day (March 25) through the “Launching of PWD-Friendly Pedestrian Crossings and “Trainers’ Training of Women with Disabilities on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management.”

According to NCDA Acting Executive Director Carmen R. Zubiaga, the Day’s celebration is pursuant to Proclamation No. 744 which declares the last Monday of March of every year as Women with Disabilities Day.

Director Zubiaga said that with this year’s theme “Babaeng Maykapansan, Kasama Ka Sa Tuwid Na Daan,” the event aims to highlight the participation of women with disabilities in the society, not as objects of charity and services, but as equal partners in development.

Director Zubiaga added that “the event also recognizes the role of women with disabilities as frontline advocates of their varying concerns and that of persons with disabilities in general, such as accessibility and disaster preparedness, among others.”

The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), this year’s chair of the event’s Technical Working Committee, will spearhead the launching of the pwd-friendly pedestrian crossings on March 22.

On the other hand, women with disabilities and focal persons on disaster risk reduction and management programs of the local government units of the National Capital Region (NCR) and the province of Rizal will be the participants to the Trainers Training on Inclusion of Women and Children with Disabilities in Disaster Risk and Reduction Management on March 24 to be held at Tahanang Walang Hagdanan in Cainta, Rizal.

A Forum entitled “Women’s Talk” and the “Launching of Ms. Philippines on Wheels, Signs and Visions will be held on March 25 at SM City Skydome, North EDSA, Quezon City to be attended approximately by 400 women with disabilities as well as representatives from government agencies and non-government organizations at the national level.

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5 PWD Trainees Pass Take 1 Animation Studio’s Intensive Course

March 19, 2013

Proudly PWD! Foot animator Charles Rodriguez (left),tries his luck at the “2012 IT Job and Skills Fair”(Photo by MCCID), ran by the National Computer –ICT Office, NCDA, SM Supermalls, RBI and the SubCom on ICT last year. Months after, (right photo) Charles shines, as he joins production work, after passing intensive training, gratis, care of Trainer Sir Eric Tansingco.

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INVITATION: Online consultation for a disability-inclusive development agenda towards 2015 & beyond

March 19, 2013

Dear friends and colleagues,

In many countries, the realization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has not been achieved for persons with disabilities. This clearly highlights the importance of ensuring that development processes are inclusive of persons with disabilities and their perspectives for the still ongoing efforts to accelerate and expand progress on the MDGs, as well as in the definition of the new development framework that will succeed the MDGs, after 2015.

On 23 September 2013, the UN General Assembly will hold a High-level Meeting on disability and development, with the overarching theme “The way forward: a disability-inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond”, at UN Headquarters in New York.

To ensure that the post-2015 agenda is inclusive of disability, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs in collaboration with UNICEF is holding an online moderated consultation to gather views from a broad range of stakeholders on how to include disability in the post-2015 development framework, in order to contribute to the ongoing work for the High-level Meeting.

Building on the earlier online discussion on “Addressing Inequalities and Persons with Disabilities in the Post-2015 development agenda”, held on this site in November (read the summary report here: http://www.worldwewant2015.org/node/304822), this consultation aims to take a closer look at the particular challenges faced by persons with disabilities in different regions, and to identify the specific measures and actions to be taken by different stakeholders to promote a disability-inclusive society and development.

In this context, we would like to invite you take part in this online consultation, starting on 8 March and running for three weeks until 28 March.

To participate, please visit the site www.worldwewant2015.org/enable and log-in or register here: http://www.worldwewant2015.org/register. Simultaneous consultations will take place in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. The site is compatible with screen readers, however, if you are unable to access the site, please email your response to: enable@worldwewant2015.org. Please note that the forum is moderated, therefore your post will not appear immediately but will be posted within twenty-four hours.

The recommendations emerging from your contributions will be incorporated into a report on the consultations to inform the preparation of the outcome document for the UN High-level Meeting on 23 September 2013.

The consultation aims to be as broad and open as possible, in order to enable a multitude of voices to be heard from Governments, UN system organizations, academia, media, private sector and civil society organizations, including persons with disabilities and their organizations (DPOs).

Please invite your colleagues, partners and networks to participate!

Warm regards,

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and UNICEF in collaboration with the United Nations Partnership to promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD)

Contact: enable@worldwewant2015.org
Discussion web site: http://www.worldwewant2015.org/enable

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PAVIC Thanks NCDA for the Photo and Video Coverage of Vista Day last March 2, 2013

March 19, 2013

13 March 2013

Ms. Carmen Reyes Zubiaga
Acting Executive Director
National Council on Disability Affairs

Dear Ms. Zubiaga,

Greetings from PAVIC!

With the success of VISTA 2013, we would like to thank you for the donation of Video and Photo coverage.

Your continued support to our advocacy programs makes a great difference in the lives of our children as they are more mainstreamed into the community. You brought happiness to these kids as they enjoyed the VISTA day on March 2, 2013. As our children our happy, we parents are likewise happy.

Once again, we give our utmost gratitude for all your support.

Very sincerely yours,

ORIGINAL SIGNED
GINA DE LA CRUZ
President

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Children with Intellectual Disabilities, Featured in “Children of the Earth” Exhibit

March 15, 2013

The Children’s Art Exhibit ran by the Ayala Museum from February 20-March 2013, featured art works of children with intellectual disabilities, among others. The big crowd of art enthusiasts joined this event launched last February 20, 2013.

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Amazing Showcase. Selected art works of young artists with intellectual/learning disabilities from the 2012 Art Contest last October’s Children’s Month, took center stage at this famed Gallery in Makati.

This project which ran for ten days, was mounted by the Philippine Association of Citizens with Developmental and Learning Disabilities (PACDLD), back-to-back with the Ayala Museum.

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NCDA POSITION ON SECTION 29 OF THE GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT

March 15, 2013

February 25, 2013

Dear Colleagues:

This is in response to comments from persons with disabilities that they are worried about the removal of the phrase “at least one percent” of the total budget of the national government agencies should be allocated to disabled persons and senior citizens. They said that because the 2013 GAA no longer mention “at least one percent,” there is a possibility that government agencies would lower the amount allocated to persons with disabilities or would no longer provide funds to programs and projects for persons with disabilities. This opinion may not necessarily reflect the sentiments of the entire persons with disability sector. However, for purposes of satisfying the queries of some individuals with disability the Office of the Executive Director of NCDA would like to state the following position on the issue:

  1. Previous GAA has two (2) sections that pertain to persons with disabilities in its general provisions. Section 29 mentioned the “at least one percent” for disabled persons and senior citizen and Section 31 mandates the construction of infrastructure and facilities for the use of persons with disabilities in all government agencies.
  2. Section 29 of the 2013 GAA has put together these two (2) provisions as “Programs and Projects Related to Senior Citizen and Differently-Abled. All agencies of the government shall formulate plans, programs and projects intended to address the concerns of senior citizens and differently-abled person, insofar as it relates to their mandated functions, and integrate the same in their regular activities. Moreover, all government facilities, including infrastructure, non-infrastructure and civil works projects of the government, as well as office buildings, streets and highways, shall provide architectural facilities or structural features and designs that shall reasonably enhance the mobility, safety and welfare of differently-abled persons pursuant to B.P. Blg. 344 and R.A. No. 7277.” This section has deleted the phrase “which shall be at least one percent of their budget” and maintained the use of “differently-abled”. We would like to state that “differently-abled” should be replaced to “persons with disability.” In addition, although we believe that the phrase “at least one percent” guarantees that the amount should not be less than the said percentage mentioned that will be allocated. Nonetheless, the 2013 GAA still assures the sector of persons with disabilities that government will provide an amount for programs and projects of persons with disabilities including certain amount for the implementation of B.P. Blg. 344. It is true that the amount may be lower than one percent, but taking into consideration the present government budgeting system the deletion of the phrase “at least one percent” gives government the flexibility to really provide the actual amount that would be necessary in the implementation of the programs and projects for persons with disabilities. This is so because the one percent rule may not be realistic in some government programs. The one percent of one government agency budget may be a very big amount, which is not reasonable in the allocation of projects for persons with disabilities. On the other hand, the one percent may be very small allocation in the budget of an agency for persons with disabilities. But be that as it may, government agencies following Section 29 of the 2013 GAA may allocate budget more than one percent or even lower than one percent. It is good if it is more than one percent allocation of the total budget because more programs and projects will be implemented to benefit persons with disabilities. But worst if the allocation is lower than one percent and the budget is not enough to benefit persons with disabilities. And this is happening in the government budgeting even if there is a one percent rule. It is in this regard, that our position is to recommend to the Department of Budget and Management to include in the 2014 GAA the phrase “at least one percent” so that there is an assurance of the one percent minimum budget requirement.

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Australia-based QUT Team Holds Pre-departure Briefing for “RBME Training” Participants

March 15, 2013

Mr Vincent Sacriz and Leissy Menendez
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The Queensland University of Technology of Mr. Vincent Sacriz and staff Leissy Menendez answers queries of inter agency participants in this year’s training program on “Developing a Results Framework on Disability” slated in Brisbane this May, under the Public Sector Linkages Program (PLSP) funded by the AusAid.

The program formally started with two “In-Country Training” sessions last February until March 4, 2013 at Richmonde Hotel, capped with the team’s March 5 Exit Conference with NCDA and pre-departure briefing of trainees.

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