NCDA and CFL Partnership

May 22, 2015

Quezon City – To increase public awareness and better understanding of the country’s laws on disability, the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) forged a partnership with the Commission on the Filipino Language (CFL) to translate disability laws in Filipino language.

In a turnover ceremony held recently, NCDA Deputy Executive Director Mateo A. Lee, Jr. received a copy of three (3) translated disability laws from Dr. Benjamin M. Mendillo, Jr., Chief of Translation Division of CFL. These laws include RA 9442 (An Act Amending Republic Act No. 7277, Otherwise known as the “Magna Carta for Disabled Persons and for Other Purposes”), RA 10070 (An Act Establishing An Institutional Mechanism To Ensure The Implementation of Programs and Services for Persons with Disabilities In Every Province, City And Municipality, Amending RA No. 7277, and for Other Purposes) and RA 10524 (An Act Expanding the Positions Reserved for Persons with Disability, Amending for the Purpose of RA 7277). Also translated into the Filipino language was the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (UNCRPD).

The CFL has been assisting government agencies and institutions in the translation into Filipino and other Philippine languages historical works, laws, executive and legislative issuances, textbooks, and other reference materials in various disciplines for official purposes.

Dir. Lee thanked the Commission for its support to the project saying that “translating disability laws in Filipino would help the public, especially the PWD sector to better appreciate and understand their rights and privileges.” ###

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NCDA and CFL Partnership

May 22, 2015

 Deputy Executive Director Mateo A. Lee, Jr. (2nd from left) of the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA)  receives a copy of translated Filipino disability laws from Dr. Banjamin M. Mendillo, Jr. of the Commission on the Filipino Language during the turnover ceremony held at the NCDA Office in Quezon City.  Witnessing the turn-over are: Mr. Rizalio R. Sanchez, Chief of Information, Education and Communications Division and Ms. Delfina J. Baquir, Information Officer IV of NCDA.
Deputy Executive Director Mateo A. Lee, Jr. (2nd from left) of the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) receives a copy of translated Filipino disability laws from Dr. Banjamin M. Mendillo, Jr. of the Commission on the Filipino Language during the turnover ceremony held at the NCDA Office in Quezon City. Witnessing the turn-over are: Mr. Rizalio R. Sanchez, Chief of Information, Education and Communications Division and Ms. Delfina J. Baquir, Information Officer IV of NCDA.

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CHINA AND PHILIPPINES ADVOCATE ON INCLUSION OF DISABILITY IN APEC AGENDA

May 20, 2015

The delegates from the Disability Sector of China, with Director General of CDPF, Wei Mengxin and the Philippines, with Executive Director Carmen Reyes Zubiaga of NCDA after the Preparatory Meeting with other members of the Group of Friends on Disability which was introduced during the APEC Leaders’ Week Meeting in 2014 held in Beijing.
The delegates from the Disability Sector of China, with Director General of CDPF, Wei Mengxin and the Philippines, with Executive Director Carmen Reyes Zubiaga of NCDA after the Preparatory Meeting with other members of the Group of Friends on Disability which was introduced during the APEC Leaders’ Week Meeting in 2014 held in Beijing.

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CHINA AND PHILIPPINES ADVOCATE ON INCLUSION OF DISABILITY IN APEC AGENDA

May 20, 2015

APEC delegates from 21 countries unanimously recommended the adoption of the Group of Friends on Disability as a mechanism to include disability within the APEC agenda, during the Second Senior Officials’ Meeting on ECHOTECH held at the Crown Regency Boracay Island on May 18, 2015. The Chinese delegation presented the concept paper on the adoption of Group of Friends on Disability in line with this year’s APEC Theme on “Building Inclusive Economies, Building a Better World” in which envisions persons with disabilities as active participants and contributors in their respective economies. The representatives from the United States of America, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia and Australia were among the countries who gave expressions of support and mentioned the rights of persons with disabilities to decent work and education as stated in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Persons with Disabilities from China and the Philippines were present during the historic presentation made by Mr. You Liang, one of the members of UN-CRPD Committee and officer of the China Disabled Persons Federation. The Philippine Representative acknowledge the initiatives of NCDA led by its Executive Director, for the Philippine contribution in this initiatives and being one of the founding members of the Group of Friends.

The recommendation will be a part of the agenda of Senior Officials Meeting on May 21 at Shangrila Boracay.

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JOINT RCDA CONFERENCE

May 14, 2015

AED Carmen Zubiaga giving her message during the joint RCDA conference
AED Carmen Zubiaga giving her message during the joint RCDA conference

The NCDA intensifies its advocacy to make the “Regional Committees on Disability Affairs (RCDA)” functional as a channel of convergence on disability to “Make the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Real” at the regional level. The RCDAs are chaired by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), with the regional offices of frontline agencies mandated to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal opportunities of persons with disabilities, as well as leaders of disabled people’s organizations (DPOs) as members.

In the recently concluded Joint RCDA Conferences held on March 25-26, 2015 in Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City for RCDA X, XI, XII, CARAGA and part of ARMM, and on April 16-17, 2015 in Hotel Elizabeth, Cebu City for RCDA VI, VII, VIII, IX and part of ARMM, the said RCDAs reported their respective accomplishments. The groups also came up with their respective regional plan of action for persons with disabilities for 2016. The presentation of the resource persons from the head offices of DOTC, DSWD and DILG as well as those provided by the Regional offices of DOH, DOLE, DPWH and DBM was one of the highlights of the conference. They shared their major accomplishments in 2014 and showed the participants the direction their agencies are heading in 2016. Also, Ms. Adela A. Kono of ORA highlighted in her presentation their efforts on advocating accessible tourism at the local level which led to the passage of a local ordinance requiring hotels, restaurants, resorts and amusement centers to incorporate accessibility features in their establishments with emphasis on adhering to the concept of “universal design”.

NCDA Acting Executive Director Carmen R. Zubiaga capped the conferences with an urgent call for the need to translate national disability policies into concrete disability inclusive programs and services at the local level through institutionalizing coordination among NGAs’ regional field offices, local government units and alliances with non-government organizations most especially with DPOs in the region.

Both conferences were supported by DSWD Field Offices. NCDA’s Acting Director Zubiaga gave special recognition to Director Prescilla Nidea-Razon and Director Mercedita P. Jabagat of Field Offices XI and VII respectively.

World Health Organization (WHO) also provided the necessary support for the conduct of the Joint Conferences. Dr. Mylene Rose Benigno represented the organization during the conference.

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NCDA and DOT hold “Seminar on How to Handle Persons with Disabilities in the Tourism Industry”

May 12, 2015

In line with the Government’s thrust to promote the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) among duty bearers and stakeholders, the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) and the Department of Tourism (DOT) Central Office and its Regional Office in Bicol, jointly conduct the said forum on May 14, 2015 at the Oriental Hotel, Taysan Hill, Sto. Niño Village, Legaspi City.

The seminar aims to teach frontliners in the tourism/business industry on how to deal and handle customers with disabilities, such as those with orthopedic, hearing and visual impairments, among others. The frontliners include front desk officers/personnel in hotels, restaurants and similar establishments; transport operators and other public conveyance utilities; and tour guides, among others. Other participants include officials of the government who spearhead the implementation of the tourism industry in the region, representatives of disabled organizations and the media.

During the seminar, experts in handling persons with disabilities will deliver lectures and demonstration on basic courtesies, handling their needs, and such other necessities required by their customers.

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PROJECT “BEYOND WAY FINDING”

May 5, 2015

The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) partners with the Department of Transportation and Communications, Rotary Club of San Juan del Monte and Touch the Artist’s Vision (TAV) in undertaking a project called “Beyond Way Finding”.

The Rotary Club of San Juan del Monte/TAV will donate the first Braille Map Guide with audio narration and tactile indicators to be installed from the entrance gate of the departure level to the information counter of Gate 5 of NAIA 3, being a major gateway for both domestic and international travellers. The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) represent the land and air transportation.

The use of the latest advances utilizing assistive technologies will guide people with visual impairment allowing them independence and mobility in the said airport. The project will be launched on August 1, 2015 in celebration of the White Cane Safety Day.

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Beyond Way Finding

May 5, 2015

NCDA Executive Director Carmen Zubiaga meets with the officials of the Rotary Club of San Juan del Monte and Touch the Artist’s Vision headed by Ms,Annette Lee Esparaz  and representatives from the Manila International Airport Authority, Civil Aeronautics Board  and Resources for the Blind to discuss details of the project “Beyond Way Finding”.

NCDA Executive Director Carmen Zubiaga meets with the officials of the Rotary Club of San Juan del Monte and Touch the Artist’s Vision headed by Ms,Annette Lee Esparaz and representatives from the Manila International Airport Authority, Civil Aeronautics Board and Resources for the Blind to discuss details of the project “Beyond Way Finding”.
NCDA Executive Director Carmen Zubiaga meets with the officials of the Rotary Club of San Juan del Monte and Touch the Artist’s Vision headed by Ms,Annette Lee Esparaz and representatives from the Manila International Airport Authority, Civil Aeronautics Board and Resources for the Blind to discuss details of the project “Beyond Way Finding”.

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