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

October 26, 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 Region VI jointly conduct the said forum on October 28, 2015 at Boracay Tropics Resort, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan.

The seminar primarily 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 front- liners 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 national and local government officials of the government who spearhead the implementation of the tourism industry in the region and the province of Aklan, representatives of disabled peoples organizations and the media.

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

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World Blind Union – Asia Pacific 13th Regional Massage Seminar

October 18, 2015

World Blind Union Asia Pacific 13th Regional Massage Seminar

Theme: “Maximizing Skills, Technologies and Opportunities for Economic Empowerment”


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World Blind Union Asia Pacific 13th Regional Massage Seminar
Theme: “Maximizing Skills, Technologies and Opportunities for Economic Empowerment”
04-06 May 2016
Century Park Hotel, Manila Philippines

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NCDA, AD/HD Society kicks off ADHD Awareness Week celebration

October 16, 2015

The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) and the AD/HD Society of the Philippines lead the nation in the observance of 2015 Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Awareness Week celebration on October 18 to 24.

The theme for this year’s celebration is “ADHD: A Hidden Disability (Alamin, Unawain, Tanggapin at Mahalin)” which aims to raise awareness on the neurobiological disorder which remains highly misunderstood.

ADHD is a hereditary neurological disorder which results in difficulty regulating attention. It impacts almost every aspect of daily living including learning, organizational skills, and time management. Multi-modal intervention approaches are available to manage the symptoms of ADHD.

Since there is no official statistical data in the country as to the number of people affected by ADHD, the government is relying on the prescribed international figures with 4 to 5 percent of the young population are affected by neuro-biological disorder. This does not count about 4 to 5 percent of the general population of adults.

Even with the condition, most persons with ADHD are found to have above-average intelligence and are capable of excelling in their own fields of interests. Understanding and identifying signs of ADHD early on and getting interventions and support in place can make a big difference in the child’s success to have a normal life.

To officially start the celebration, a launching program will be conducted on October 19, at the Atrium, SM City Fairview in Quezon City. The member-agencies of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the ADHD Week celebration will be attending together with children with ADHD and their parents, advocates, and representatives from the 17 local governments units in National Capital Region. Members of the NWC include national government agencies, LGUs, non-government organizations, medical professional associations,

The NWC spearheads the observance of the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Awareness Week, as well as the nationwide campaign to strengthen the advocacy on ADHD.

As part of the kick-off program, an art exhibit of the works of children with ADHD in San Juan City will also be displayed in SM City Fairview.

After the kick-off, a two-day Scientific Congress will be held on October 20 and 21 at the auditorium of the Philippine Health Mental Association in East Avenue, Quezon City and at the Main Building Lobby of the Quezon City Hall, respectively. It will be attended by city health officers and social workers of LGUs in NCR, teachers, parents, caregivers, among others, to have a deeper knowledge and understanding about ADHD. Health professionals and experts will discuss ADHD, including the use of medications and the roles of parents, siblings, peers and therapists.

On October 22 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM, the “Seminar on Drug Abuse Prevention: Avoiding the Road to Addition” will be held at the Main Building Lobby of Quezon City Hall. Topics to be discussed in the seminar includes: (i) background on ADHD, (ii) medical effects of drugs, (iii) drug abuse prevention, (iv) treatment and rehabilitation, and (v) crime prevention tips. Based on a study report, the populations of persons with ADHD carry a 50 percent risk of taking illegal substance because they tend to self-medicate.

A regional conference dubbed as “Reach and Teach ADHD” will be held at the Biñan Elementary School in Biñan, Laguna on October 23 to allow teachers, parents, guidance counselors, among others to reach out and teach children on ADHD.

The culminating event will be hosted by the City Government of Mandaluyong on October 24, where the talents of persons with disabilities will be showcased in a cultural presentation. ###

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Message of the President in the Observance of National Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Awareness Week

October 8, 2015

portrait of the President
portrait of the President


My warmest greetings to the AD/HD Society of the Philippines as you observe National Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Awareness Week.

This event is an opportunity to galvanize our citizens to action, raising awareness regarding this condition and reinforcing our healthcare system. Your initiatives can help our countrymen pave new paths to curbing this disorder and allowing Filipinos suffering from AD/HD to lead productive lives. May your stand as beacons of knowledge and compassion along the Daang Matuwid as we journey towards lasting, equitable progress.

The Philippines is on a trajectory to reaching rich-world status within a generation. Our government has taken great strides in quelling corruption and self-interest in our institutions, and with your partnership and vigilance, we will rise to even greater heights of prosperity. May you stand with us as we continue our reforms and be significant contributions to our transformation.

I wish you a happy and meaningful celebration.


18 October 2015


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October 8, 2015

Ms. Joy Garcia calls for a unified and comprehensive efforts to make DRRM disability and gender inclusive
Ms. Joy Garcia calls for a unified and comprehensive efforts to make DRRM disability and gender inclusive

The NCDA partners with WOW Leap Inc. and other stakeholders in undertaking activities to make Tacloban City’s Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management plan gender and disability inclusive.

The NCDA, City Government of Tacloban (CGT), WOW LEAP and Inclusive Development and Empowerment Agenda (IDEA) vow to undertake activities for capacity building and technical assistance to gender and disability inclusion in DRR, including awareness and advocacy efforts. In undertaking their joint project called “Building Back Better: Making Rehabilitation and Recovery Inclusive”, all parties will collaborate together to understand the barriers and enablers to inclusion of women with disability in recovery and rehabilitation of Tacloban City. They will work to empower women with disability in Tacloban City to meaningful participation in making the city resilient to disaster and will sensitize key stakeholders in Tacloban City on gender and disability to create an enabling environment for inclusion and meaningful participation.

As an initial step, a Multi-Stakeholders’ Consultation was held last July 13, 2015 in Hotel Alejandro in Tacloban City. The well-attended affair was participated in by officials and representatives from the CGT, WOW LEAP Inc., IDEA, NCDA, City Social Welfare and Development Office, international NGOs, organization of women with disabilities and Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) in Tacloban City.

NCDA Acting Executive Director Carmen R. Zubiaga briefed the participants on Proclamation No. 688 “Declaring the Period of 2013-2022 as the Philippine Decade of Make the Rights Real for Persons with Disabilities in support of the 3rd Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities” and the 10 goals of the Incheon Strategy to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, specifically Goal 7 which mandates the government to ensure disability-inclusive DRRM. Persons with disabilities including women with disabilities should be represented in Disability Preparedness Council, she stressed.

WOW LEAP President/Program Manager and NAPC PWD Sectoral Representative, Ms. Joy Garcia, in her message, called for a unified and comprehensive efforts to make DRRM plan disability and gender inclusive. She said that women with disabilities who are considered triple marginalized, should be empowered and should contribute in the DRRM development plan. IDEA President, Mr. Jerome Zayas, on the other hand, fully discussed the project and enjoined everybody to share reports on their contingency plan and/or best practices on DRRM for documentation.

On behalf of the TCG, Assistant City Administrator and OIC of the City DRRMO, Mr. Brando C. Bernadas expressed the full support of Mayor Alberto S. Romualdez to persons with disabilities, pregnant women, senior citizens and other vulnerable groups. He said that the Mayor’s Office is now key positioning the Yolanda evacuees and has a color-coded “Evacuee ID System”. The ID system works hand-in-hand with color-coded evacuation centers where the families only need to find the evacuation center with the same color as their ID in the evacuation map of their barangay.

In related development, the NCDA and WOW LEAP officials, together with Ms. Flerida V. Labanon and Ms. Florita J. Bisco of NCDA and Dr. Maureen Ava Mata of WOW LEAP, also witnessed the oath-taking of the newly elected officials of the WOW LEAP Tacloban City which was officiated by Councilor Cristina Romualdez.

Councilor Romualdez thanked the group for their support to the Taclobnanons and labelled women with disabilities as “abled women.” The Councilor spearheads the CLEP (Cristina Learn and Earn Program), a comprehensive livelihood entrepreneurial program for marginalized Tacloban women including those with disabilities, equipping them with special skills that would augment income of the family if properly used.

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