NCDA, TESDA Sign Agreement for Skills Training for PWDs

March 24, 2017

Director Carmen R. Zubiaga of NCDA (right) and Director-General Guiling Mamondiong of TESDA present the signed agreement providing free skills training for persons with disabilities
Director Carmen R. Zubiaga of NCDA (right) and Director-General Guiling Mamondiong of TESDA present the signed agreement providing free skills training for persons with disabilities

The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) partners to give free skills training for persons with disabilities nationwide. Under the “Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP),” TESDA will provide skills training so that the persons with disabilities could receive the National Certificate which is necessary for job application here and abroad.

The TWSP project is also in line with TESDA’s Two-Pronged Strategy on Poverty Reduction which aims to provide interventions through skills development by providing access to training to qualified persons with disability for self or wage employment to uplift their socio-economic status.
Likewise, the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions promised to help the project in providing skills for PWDs. ###

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NCDA Supports 9th VISTA Games

March 21, 2017

Now on its ninth year, the Visually Impaired Sports and Training Advocacy (VISTA) games being organized annually by Parent Advocates for Visually Impaired Children (PAVIC) and supported by the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) including non-government organizations and cause-oriented groups.  This sports event is being participated in by elementary and high school students who are blind and visually impaired from the National Capital Region, Regions 2, 3, 4-A and 5 to compete in different sports events.

Participants together with their coach-trainers pose for posterity during the VISTA Games.
Participants together with their coach-trainers pose for posterity during the VISTA Games.

Around 200 student-athletes competed in various athletic events that include track and field, adaptive table tennis, chess, swimming, goal ball and other fun games. The VISTA Games is the avenue where blind and visually impaired children are honed of their sports prowess including building sportsmanship and camaraderie among and between themselves.  This is also the venue to screen potential athletes with disabilities who can be selected for international sports competitions, such as Paragames and Paralympics. Technical officials of the Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled (PHILSPADA) officiated the day’s event.

Visually impaired children run on the tracks with a guardian
Visually impaired children run on the tracks with a guardian

After the Games, the organizer – PAVIC, announced the results, as follows:

For elementary level

1st place – Paaralang Pag-ibig at Pag-asa Elementary School, San Pablo City, Laguna

2nd place– Makati SPED Center, Makati City, Metro Manila

3rd place– Angeles City SPED Center, Angeles City

 For high school level

1st place – Quirino High School, Quezon City, Metro Manila

2nd place – Diffun National High School, Quirino Province

3rd place – North Fairview High School, Quezon City, Metro Manila

Mr. Leo Q. Lee, President of PAVIC, acknowledged the support of its partners and sponsors, namely; NCDA, Department of Education (DepEd), Junior Chamber International (JCI) Philippines, Resources for the Blind (RBI), Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), PHILSPADA, and the City Government of Marikina, among others.

 

 

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Vehicle Pass for the Celebration of the Women with Disabilities Day

March 9, 2017

To all the members of the National Working Committee, NGAs, Local Government Units, CSOs, NGOs and other partner agencies, including those you have invited to attend the celebration of the Women with Disabilities Day on March 28, 2017, Philippine Arena, Bulacan.

Kindly download the VEHICLE PASS attached below.

vehicle pass
vehicle pass
vehicle pass

DOWNLOAD VEHICLE PASS

This VEHICLE PASS will be placed on every vehicle you will be using on the said date.

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GROUNDBREAKING OF THE MODEL DISABILITY RESOURCE AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER LAUNCHED

March 7, 2017

The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) launched the groundbreaking ceremony of the model “Disability Resource and Development Center” or DRDC on February 24, 2017. This coincided with the 34th Anniversary of the Accessibility Law or Batas Pambansa Bilang 344 which seeks to enhance the mobility of persons with disabilities by requiring buildings, institutions, establishments and public utilities to install facilities and other devices.

The occasion was led by the NCDA Governing Board representatives, DSWD Undersecretary Maria Lourdes Turalde-Jarabe, DPWH Assistant Secretary Eugenio Pipo, DOJ Undersecretary Deo Marco, TESDA Executive Director for Partnerships and Linkages Director Luz Amponin, DICT Director Nestor Bengato (representing Secretary Rodolfo A. Salalima), DPWH Bureau of Designs Director Dante Potante and the Quezon City Persons with Disability Affairs Office Head, Arnold de Guzman, representing the sector of persons with disabilities. The event was also graced by the representatives from a number of government and non-government agencies, disabled people’s organizations and other stakeholders.

The Model DRDC is envisioned to be the hub of information, program and policy development, capacity building and networking for all disability stakeholders, which can be replicated by local government units and regions. The project was developed in 2015 by the participants of Australian Awards Fellowship (AAF) Program composed of representatives from NCDA member government agencies. The realization of the model DRDC building was made possible through the P83-million fund from the Department of Public Works and Highways.

The AAF DRDC Core Group  composed of representatives from NCDA, DPWH, DOLE ECC, PIA, DSWD, DepEd, National Library and Taguig PDAO during the groundbreaking ceremony
The AAF DRDC Core Group composed of representatives from NCDA, DPWH, DOLE ECC, PIA, DSWD, DepEd, National Library and Taguig PDAO during the groundbreaking ceremony

After the ground breaking, a “Multi-Stakeholder’s Forum” was held where officials and representatives from the Philippine Physical Therapy Association, Inc. Community Based Rehabilitation Special Interest Group, World Health Organization, Manila Christian Computer Institute for the Deaf College of Technology, TESDA and Empowering People with Disabilities, Inc. expressed full support to the project in developing an inclusive and accessible programs responsive to the needs of persons with disabilities at the community level. The NCDA also turned over a wheelchair for Mr. Jose Bugas, a person with physical disability (lower limb) of Bohol Congressional Library in Bohol.

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Groundbreaking Ceremonies held for Disability Resource and Development Center

March 7, 2017

(From left to right) Director Carmen R. Zubiaga of the National Council on Disability together with DSWD Undersecretary Maria Lourdes Turalde-Jarabe, DPWH Assistant Secretary Eugenio Pipo, DOJ Undersecretary Deo Marco, DICT Director Nestor Bengato and Mr. Arnold De Guzman of Quezon City Persons with Disability Affairs Office leads the burying of the time capsule during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Disability Resource and Development Center (DRDC) held recently at the NCDA, Quezon City. The DRDC is envisioned to be the hub of information, programs and policy development, capability building and networking for all disability stakeholders.

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