October 25, 2017

Republic of the Philippines
DILG-NAPOLCOM Center, EDSA corner Quezon Avenue, West Triangle, Quezon City


Memorandum Circular No. 2017-119
September 13, 2017

1. Background

It is a declared policy of Republic Act No. 7277 that persons with disabilities (PWDs) are part of the Philippine society, and thus the State shall give full support to the improvement of their total well-being and their integration into the mainstream of society. They have the same rights as other people to take their proper place in society. Further, Republic Act No. 10070 was approved on April 6, 2010 to ensure that policies, programs and services for persons with disabilities are implemented at the local level for them to fully participate in building an inclusive society for all through the establishment of Persons with Disabilities Affairs Office (PDAO) or the appointment of focal person/s in case of the fourth (4th), fifth (5th) and sixth (6th) class municipalities, in lieu of the creation of PDAO.

2. Purpose

This Memorandum Circular is issued to provide guidance on the conduct of PWD general assembly at the local government units concerned to ensure maximum participation of PWDs in the filling up of vacant PDAO positions.

3. Legal Compliance

3.1. Article 4.3 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) mandates the Philippine Government to closely consult with and actively involve persons with disabilities through their respective organizations in the development and implementation of legislation and policies to implement this international commitment;
3.2. Section 1 of RA No. 10070 mandates the creation of a Persons with Disabilities Affairs Office in every province, city and municipality or the designation of Focal Person in the fourth (4th), fifth (5th) and sixth (6th) class municipalities, in lieu of the creation of PDAO.

4. Scope/Coverage

This policy covers all Provincial Governors, Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Sangguniang Panlungsod, City/Municipal Mayors, Punong Barangays, DILG Regional Directors, ARMM Regional Secretary, DILG Field Officers and all others concerned.

5. Policy Content and Guidelines

5.1. The Sangguniang Panlalawigan/Panlungsod shall pass an ordinance creating the PDAO organization structure, staffing pattern and its annual appropriations to carry out the functions.
5.2. The PDAO positions shall be subject to the publication and posting requirements under Republic Act No. 7041.
5.3. Qualified women with disabilities shall be encouraged to apply.
5.4. Upon publication of the position, the concerned governor or city/municipal mayor, shall instruct the Convenors namely, the Local City/Municipal Local Government Operations Officer, the Local Social Welfare and Development Officer and the President of the local federation/association of persons with disabilities to prepare for a general assembly for persons with disabilities, which shall be conducted on the last day of the posting period. They shall also be responsible in inviting the participants.
5.5. The general assembly shall nominate at least three (3) qualified applicants for consideration of the Local Selection Board and the Local Chief Executive.
5.6. The Human Resource Management Officer shall document the proceedings of the general assembly.
5.7 The general assembly shall be open to all persons with disabilities, with or without organizational membership, representatives of civil society organizations working on disability within the LGU, and parents or representative of children with disabilities.

5.8. The General Assembly shall be guided by pro-forma program as follows: Registration and Final Acceptance of Applications – HRMO Invocation/National Anthem Roll Call Opening the Assembly Orientation about RA 10070 and the Appointment of the Head of Office/Focal Person Presentation of Qualified Applicants Open Forum Nomination Process-thru secret ballots Announcement of Nominees Closing of the Assembly

5.9. The Convenors shall submit the names of the nominees to the Local Personnel Selection Board (PSB) to comply with the usual hiring and recruitment process such as submission of requirements, interview and shortlisting of the nominees.

5.10. Persons with Disabilities shall be represented within the PSB by an employee with disability to be part of deliberation. In case there is no employee with disability, the assembly may include nominating a member of the PWD organization as an observer to the deliberations. In shortlisting or ranking of nominees for appointment, gender balance must be observed.

5.11. Upon completion of the requirements and processes set by the PSB, the names of shortlisted nominee with ranking shall be submitted to the concerned governor/city or municipal mayor for consideration.

5.12. The responsible governor / city or municipal mayor shall appoint the head of PDAO/Focal Person within 30 days upon submission of the recommended nominees of the Local Personnel Selection Board.

5.13. A temporary appointment may be issued by the governor/city/municipal mayor, in case the nominees do not possess the appropriate career service eligibility, subject to Civil Service Law and Rules.

5.14. The Human Resource Management Officer shall post a notice announcing the appointment issued by the governor or city/municipal mayor in three (3) conspicuous places in the agency within fifteen (15) days from signing.

6. Effectivity

This Memorandum Circular shall take effect immediately.

7. Approving Authority

(Original Signed)

8. Monitoring and Submission of Reports

All DILG regional Directors are hereby directed to cause the immediate and widest dissemination of this Circular to all local government units and submit annual report on the status of the establishment of PDAO to the Office of Undersecretary for Local Government.

9. Feedback

For related queries, kindly contact the Bureau of Local Government Development at Tel nos. (02) 927-7852 or (02) 925-0356 or at email address at

DILG-NAPOLCOM Center, EDSA corner Quezon Avenue, West Triangle, Quezon City
Telephone nos. 925.03.54 • Telefax 927.78.52 • O.D 929.92.35

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Date: March 1, 2014, Saturday, 1:00-5:00 PM
Venue: Room 104, University Hotel, UP Diliman, Quezon City

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MS. MALU TIONGSON-ORTIZ is an inspirational speaker, a parent-advaocate for differently-abled children and has authored a book “Embracing God’s Purpose for My Special Child.” She is the Vice President of the Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines. And a Board Member of GoDisable International Foundation Inc. In her talks, she offers encouragement and practical help for families. She is the mother of three children, two sons aged 30 and 26 and a daughter, aged 24 with Down Syndrome.

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AD/HDSP Tel. Nos. 02-426-8568/02-927-3463/4266001 loc.4887
Mobile# 0948-5432510 (Joy)

For Inquiries – email
Mobile# 0917-9701459 (Grace)

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F R O M:    The UNDERSECRETARY (Operations and Programs Group (OPG))

SUBJECT : Feedback Report Re: Briefing of the Delegates from the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) – Rehabilitation of Afghans with Disabilities Program (RAD), 23 April 2013, NCDA Boardroom

This is to provide the Honorable Secretary the highlights of the abovementioned meeting where the undersigned presided over the briefing at NCDA to the delegates of SCA-RAD composed of Afghanistan Deputy Minister Suraya Paikan of the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MOLSAMD), Mr. Peter Kiyonga, SCA-RAD Technical Advisor, and Mr. Bryan Lazaro from the Colombo Plan Staff College, on the policies, current programs for PWDs, and methods of implementation of these programs in the Philippines.


The Swedish Committee is mandated to work only in Afghanistan. It currently has 13 Chapters comprised of 6,500 members – 12 Chapters of 6000 members are in Sweden, and 1 Chapter of 500 members were in Afghanistan. They work in four specific areas – Health, Rural Development, Education, and Disability. The Swedish Committee started working on the Disability Area primarily to look after and rehabilitate victims of war, with the establishment of Rehabilitation of Afghans with Disabilities Program (RAD). 3% of Afghanistan’s total population of 25 million was PWDs, the main factor for their people incurring disability being wars and conflicts in their country.

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Mr. Kiyonga enumerated the major objectives of the visit. Among them:

A. Understanding the country policy guidelines on skills development and vocational training and inclusive approach in the work force for PWDs;

B. Discuss and understand the different types of curricular, the development process and how it mainstreams PWDs;

C. Understanding how the government, private sector, and VTOs support the employment (formal and informal) of PWDs and how their finished products are marketed; and

D. Get a general understanding and sharing of experiences, challenges, and lessons on the implementation of general skills development, vocational training, and approaches of including, supporting, or mainstreaming PWDs.


On the onset, the undersigned welcomed the delegates to the Philippines and to NCDA. She also expressed her hope for a productive discussion/orientation and that both countries would learn from each other in terms of their respective countries’ existing policies and programs on PWDs. She also led the brief introduction among those present in the activity.

Deputy Minister Paikan and Mr. Peter Kiyonga started by saying that they have chosen the Philippines for the study trip because of their initial finding that some Asian countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines are more advanced in implementing/promoting programs for PWDs, which was a sector that both countries give importance to.

Afterwards, the different Division Chiefs oriented the SCA-RAD delegates, which included information on:

a) NCDA’s Background and Legal Bases, Thrusts and Directions;

b) NCDA Major Programs/Projects/Activities geared towards education, skills development and training, and employment;

c) Shared documented best practices of employed PWDs.

The discussion highlighted NCDA’s collaborative efforts among its member government agencies, non-government agencies, private sectors, and the PWDs themselves which led to the formulation of laws, policies, and programs for the needs of the PWDs being addressed through various activities geared towards the betterment of their welfare.

Another focus of the discussion was on the budgetary allocations for PWD programs at the national and local levels. Deputy Minister Paikan noted that in Afghanistan, only MOLSAMD have appropriations for PWDs; however the ministry was currently negotiating with other ministries to also allot additional budget for PWDs. The undersigned highlighted the importance of horizontal (inter-agency) and vertical (national down to local levels) complementation of efforts of the government, NGOs, and even in the PWD sectors for the programs to be more successful.

Moreover, the undersigned emphasized that in the Philippines, laws such as Republic Act 7277 or “Magna Carta for Disabled Persons” prescribes for budget allocation for PWD programs (e.g. special education, public transport program, and rehabilitation centers among others) not only in the national offices but also in the local governments, and that government agencies such as NEDA ensured that all local government development plan include disability components in them. The undersigned also shared that the creation of the OPDA or PDAO (Persons with Disability Affairs Office) was done to ensure implementation of PWD laws at the local level.

Deputy Minister Paikan and Mr. Kiyonga were particularly interested on the opportunities for employment offered to the PWDs, considering the success stories of our diligent and hardworking PWDs. While employment based on computers/information technology could be explored, and was one of the areas where the PWDs in the Philippines were successful, they were keen and more interested on practical livelihood opportunities like manufacturing or agriculture. As one of our success stories was on the manufacture of useful products, particularly sturdy tables, chairs, and bags from recycled cardboards in Carmona Cavite, NCDA suggested to Deputy Minister Paikan that they send some employees to the Philippines to undergo training from our own workers. Deputy Minister Paikan was very receptive of this idea.

Deputy Minister Paikan shared to the group the difficulties they have encountered in addressing the needs of the PWDs in Afghanistan, especially as some of the PWDs themselves take advantage of the monetary assistance appropriated for them. The undersigned said that the Philippines also had its fair share of challenges when it came to implementing programs; however, she stressed the importance of having strong leadership to prevent exploitation of and among the sector.

Further, the undersigned said that while it was the responsibility of the government to ensure the welfare of the PWDs, it was also essential for the PWDs to recognize their own rights, responsibilities, and accountabilities and be empowered enough to become active partners in their own progress, not just become passive program beneficiaries. She also suggested for Afghanistan to look into funding programs and services for PWDs instead of directly disbursing money to them, and to look into which sectors (e.g. blind, deaf, etc.) among the PWDs themselves were the ones with leadership potential, the most skilled, and who have the most positive in their outlook in life, which could be considered by the government in developing the appropriate programs for them.


The SCA-RAD delegates expressed their appreciation for the warm welcome and hospitality they have received from NCDA, as well as the fruitful discussion they have had today. Mr. Kiyonga requested a separate meeting with some members of NCDA on some of the more specific details on programs for PWDs, which NCDA agreed to accommodate.

After the briefing, the delegates were to visit the National Vocational Rehabilitation Center (NVRC) for a tour and a more practical experience on the programs and services provided to PWDs.

For the Secretary’s information, reference, and further instructions. Thank you.



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