Freedom Walk 2013 for PWDs

June 29, 2013

In its effort to raise awareness to make a person with disability Inclusive Society, a Freedom Walk for persons with disabilities is organized to express concerns on their rights to a barrier free society on June 29 at the Bonifacio Commercial Complex in Taguig City.

More than 1,500 participants will join this year’s Freedom Walk composed of persons with disabilities, officials from the national government agencies and local government units of the national capital region, leaders and members of the disabled people’s organizations and the civil society.

Led by the Alyansa ng Mga Maykapansanang Pinoy (AKAP-Pinoy) and chaired by the Philippine Association of Children with Developmental and Learning Disabilities, (PACDLD) Inc., this year’s theme, “Each Right-full Step We Take, All Barriers We Break” focuses on the progressive realization of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN-CRPD) which marks the paradigm shift in attitudes from viewing persons with disabilities as objects of charity to a person capable of claiming their rights in all aspects of human endeavors. Further, the adoption of the Incheon Framework and for the government to implement its Strategies in order to achieve its set Goals to Make the Rights Real for Persons with Disability in Asia and Pacific, 2013-2022 will increase the inclusion and/or full participation of persons with disabilities.

Taguig City Mayor Maria Laarni Cayetano will be the guest speaker and host of this year’s Freedom Walk. Likewise, Commissioner Grace Padaca of the Comelec and Acting Executive Director Carmen Reyes-Zubiaga of the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) will give Inspirational Messages.

Other participants include among others the Federation of the Disabled of Taguig City and its Band, Autism Society Philippines (ASP), Mandaluyong City Drum and Lyre and the Promoting Ryders with Disabilities on the Road Safety Program and Marshalls of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), Department of Social Welfare and Development-NCR (DSWD), House of Representatives(HOR), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) – PWD Sector, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Manila International Airport Authority, Local Government Units of National Capital Region, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), NCDA, Congressman Alfred Vargas, SM Cares, Tahanang Walang Hagdanan (TWH), Women with Disabilities Leap to Economic and Social Progress (WOW Leap), Physicians for Peace, Cerebral Palsied Association of the Philippines (CPAP), Philippine Blind Union, Philippine Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled, VIBES, CALL Foundation and Philippine Academy of the Rehabilitation Medicine (PARM).

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NDPR Announcement

June 29, 2013

In celebration of the 2013 National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week on July 17 – 23, the National Council on Disability Affairs hereby issues this Announcement on the matter aforesaid. It consists of the following:

LEGAL BASES: Proclamation No. 361 (2000), as amended by Administrative Order No. 35 (2002).


For this year’s celebration, the National Working Committee (NWC) has been organized by the NCDA and is being chaired by the Department of Justice. As such, the DOJ is the presiding agency to all committee meetings and the lead event organizer.


The theme of this year’s NDPR Week is “Building an Inclusive and Non-Handicapping Environment for Persons with Disabilities.” This theme was adopted to promote the principles and concepts of disability inclusive development using the Incheon Strategy as its framework. The theme also advocates for the mainstreaming of disability agenda to all government agencies, non-government organizations, civil society and the public in general.

A sub-theme was also developed as part of the Department of Justice’s activity entitled “Patatagin ang Karapatan sa Katarungan ng Mga Taong May Kapansanan.” This was agreed on to give emphasis on having access to justice by persons with disabilities in order for them to be part of an inclusive society.

To drumbeat the weeklong celebration, various activities will be conducted as indicated hereunder:

  1. Walk for Justice
  2. PARM M.O.V.E. Manila
  3. Provision of Priority Lane for PWDs in the Hall of Justice of Quezon City
  4. Holy Mass celebration
  5. Thanksgiving and Holy Mass Celebration (Closing Program)
  6. Launching of the Sensitivity Training for Prosecutors
  7. Launching of the Run for Pinoy Glory 2013
  8. Legal Clinic by the Quezon City Public Attorneys Office
  9. Medical, Dental and Mobility Clinic Mission
  10. PWD Product Conference
  11. 10 Goals To Make the Right Real
  12. Forum on Access to Justice for Parents of Children with Disabilities
  13. Forum on Training and Employment Programs/Projects of DOLE,TESDA, ECC and DTI
  14. Workshop Training for Advance Wheelchair Assessment
  15. Media Sensitivity Training for Persons with Disabilities
  16. Fun Day for children with disabilities
  17. Wheelchair Art Parade
  18. Showcase of Artworks of Persons with Autism
  19. Sculpture/Poster-Making Contest for Children
  20. Paligsahan ng May K sa Kasaysayan at Kultura sa Pilipinas
  21. International Bowling Tournament for PWDs
  22. Press Conference on the PWD Participation in the May 2013 Election
  23. Closing Ceremony and Launching of advocacy video and songs composed of youth with disabilities
  24. Wreathlaying Ceremony on the Birthdate of Apolinarion Mabini
  25. Diagnosis of children who are suspected with developmental disability and other disability
  26. Regional activities headed by the DPWH
  27. Hanging of Streamers
  28. Regional PARM M.O.V.E.

For more details on the celebration and activities, please find attached the full Concept Paper of the 2013 NDPR Week celebration. The NDPR Week Secretariat could be contacted thru Telephone Numbers 951-5013 and 932-6422 local 101, or thru Mr. Rizalio R. Sanchez, Mr. Mike Limon, Ms. Cely de Leon, and Ms. Jem Aguilar at Mobile Nos. 0920-9062306, 0920-9062296, 0920-9062287, and 09994801130, respectively, or you can email us at

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NCDA Links AVRC 1 to ATRIEV’s Mobile Computer Appreciation Course

June 25, 2013

Closing Ceremony
Closing Ceremony

A 10-Day Training on “Mobile Computer Appreciation Course” was conducted in partnership with the Adaptive Technology for Rehabilitation, Integration and Empowerment of the Visually Impaired (ATRIEV). This is in line with AVRC’s thrust to enable the PWDs achieve equal opportunities to compete in today’s rapidly changing socio-economic conditions. Twenty-seven (27) PWD trainees and trainers participated in the said activity which exposed them to Basic Computer Course. Likewise, they were given opportunities to explore other learning insights using Computers. The training was held on June 10-21, 2013 at AVRC1 Conference Room with Mr. Antonio D. Llanes Executive Director of ATRIEV as the training facilitator.

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Disability Information Booth

June 25, 2013

To promote awareness on disability programs, the NCDA recently participated in the Kabisig Government Expo and Trade Fair 2013 held at the Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City. The NCDA Exhibit dubbed as “Disability Information Booth featured services and accomplishments, profiles, mission and vision and at the same time encourage exhibitors/participants to make their programs responsive to persons with disabilities. Around 67 government organizations (GOs) , government owned controlled corporations (GOCCs), Local Government Units (LGUs) and Government Financial Institutions (GFIs) joined the Trade Fair. In the photo are: Secretary Sonny Coloma (extreme left) of the Philippine Information Agency and Presidential Communication Operations Office, Deputy Executive Director Mateo A. Lee, Jr. (center) of the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), Chairman Daniel C. Guillen (3rd from the right) of the Kabisig People’s Movement, Councilor Alex Santa Maria (2nd from right), Mandaluyong City.

Officials from NCDA, PIA, Kabisig People's Movement and the City of Mandaluyong
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NCDA with Secretary Sonny Coloma

June 25, 2013

 NCDA with Secretary Sonny  Coloma
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Secretary Sonny Coloma (2nd from right) of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and Presidential Communication Operations Office joins the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) Information Officers, Rizalio R. Sanchez (2nd from left), Barbara P. Ganaden (extreme left) and Lila Lynn S. Simon (extreme right) during the recent participation of the NCDA to the Kabisig Government and Trade Fair 2013 on June 10-12 at Megatrade Hall in SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City. Featured as “Disability Information Booth”, it promotes awareness on disability programs, services and accomplishments including NCDA profiles, mission and vision and at the same time encourage exhibitors/participants to make their programs responsive to persons with disabilities. Around 67 government organizations, local government units and government financial institutions also joined the Trade Fair.

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AFS – USA Firms Up Partnership with NCDA

June 14, 2013

Group Picture
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Ms. Keri Dooley (standing 4th from the left), Vice President for Sponsored Programs of AFS – USA together with AFS – Intercultural Programs Philippines (AFS-IPP) Officials renews ties with the Council in sending PWD exchange students in the US. Acting Executive Director Carmen Zubiaga led AFS-YES Alumni Yamie Fiestada (extreme left) and SPED teacher Carla dela Cruz (seated right) in welcoming the group and sharing the activities of the Council in partnership with the AFS-IPP.

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Cute Kindergarten, Enjoys “APT” Table and Chair

June 14, 2013

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Little Miss “Jojo” Navarrete does some serious work on the APT set on display at NCDA made by Carmona-Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) team. APT stands for “Appropriate Paper-based Technology”, which according to its author Beville Parker, makes something useful from nothing (waste paper/cardboards) and should be STRONG, USEFUL, ATTRACTIVE AND LOW-COST. Trained by an NCDA Team last year on APT basics, Carmona PDAO got Mayor Dahlia Loyola’s nod, and is into production in a big way. To date, the group has sold over 20 kiddie sets locally, and counting… For inquiries, contact Youth Development Officer Rosebelle Mercurio at email address For interested persons with disabilities, contact

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Sensitivity Training on Assisting Customers with Disabilities

June 7, 2013

Director Carmen Reyes-Zubiaga of the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) appeals for support to Ever Gotesco Mall management to make their establishment friendly to persons with disability. This was undertaken during the Sensitivity Training on Assisting Customers with Disabilities participated in by front liners, security guards, tenants, concessionaires and utility workers who were also guided (photo below) on how to assist customer on wheelchair and person with visual impairment.

Participants actively participating in the training
Participants actively participating in the training

Part of the Sensitivity Training was a Photo Exhibit which featured accessible buildings and establishments in national government agencies, local government units (LGUs), government elementary and high schools, government hospitals and private organizations.

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Post Election Discussion with Commissioner Grace Padaca

June 4, 2013

DED Mateo Lee, Jr. with Commissioner Grace Padaca during discussion on post-election issues of PWDs on May 31, 2013.

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