Message of the Executive Secretary for the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

December 10, 2018

MESSAGE

Today, we join the global observance of the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

On December 10, 1948, the Philippines became the first signatory to the UDHR, a landmark instrument that would pave the way for core human rights treaties to take shape in the succeeding years. Since then, the Philippines has signed eight of these core treaties, incorporated them in domestic laws and policies, and made them part of governance. In what may be seen as an affirmation of our accomplishments, the country has been elected to its fifth term as a member of the 47-strong United Nations Human Rights Council.

Every administration has its own emphasis and approach in its effort to make human rights real for our people. Today, we further human rights in the era of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte along relevant paths reflected in our theme for this year’s observance: “Protecting Human Lives, Uplifting Human Dignity, and Advancing People’s Progress!”

To protect the lives of the innocent law-abiding citizens of the country, this administration remains unrelenting in its crusade against criminality, corruption, terrorism, insurgency, and the proliferation of illegal drugs that destroy families and the future of the young. In all these, the rule of law is upheld as the guilty are brought before the bar of justice,

By effectively implementing responsive programs that broaden people’s access to education, healthcare, employment, shelter, food, and basic utilities and services, the government fulfills its aspirations of a respectable standard of living that benefits the most vulnerable and marginalized groups in Philippine society. The government is resolute in uplifting the dignity of every Filipino.

Finally, the government is determined to work for sustainable progress that will better the lives of our people and their communities. In our quest for economic development that impacts at the grassroots, aggressive horizontal and vertical infrastructure development shall be undertaken to encourage more internal and external investments and partnerships.

Indeed, our celebration of seven decades of the UDHR reflects our confidence that we are advancing human rights in a manner that truly values and responds to the needs of Filipinos.

Mabuhay!


SALVADOR C. MEDIALDEA

Executive Secretary

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NCDA OIC ZUBIAGA PROMOTES INCLUSIVENESS OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

December 6, 2018

The National Council on Disability Affairs Officer-in-Charge, Carmen R. Zubiaga recently presented its current initiatives to promote inclusiveness of children with disabilities.

Speaking before a hundred children, parents and caregivers who participated in the “Cavite Provincial Children’s Conference” organized by the Cavite Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office and the Cavite Provincial Council for the Protection of Children in celebration of the 26th National Children’s Month, OIC Zubiaga talked on disability, inclusion, and politically correct terminologies that should be used in dealing with persons with disabilities. The event was held on November 28, 2018 at the Tanza Oasis Resort and Hotel in Tanza, Cavite.

OIC Carmen Zubiaga engaging with the only blind  participant, Allen (in black jacket),  and his buddy Dan who learned how to assist person with disability.
OIC Carmen Zubiaga engaging with the only blind participant, Allen (in black jacket), and his buddy Dan who learned how to assist person with disability.

In her Interaction with the children, OIC Zubiaga learned their ideas about discrimination and the way to properly assist their classmates with disabilities. She was amazed on the insights and opinions of the children and how easily and mindfully put into practice what they have learned from the conversations.

OIC Zubiaga with the participants
OIC Zubiaga with the participants

A separate session with the parents and caregivers of children with disabilities was also held to further promote the United Nationals Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities or UNCRPD, specifically Articles 3 and 7 emphasizing the respect for the evolving capacities of children with disabilities and respect for the rights of children with disabilities to preserve their identities, respectively.

OIC Zubiaga engaging with the participants
OIC Zubiaga engaging with the participants

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NCDA, Province of Bulacan and partners conduct Sports Clinic for Persons with Disabilities

November 12, 2018

CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan — Through the initiative of the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), the Provincial Government of Bulacan, Philippine Sports Association for Differently-Abled (Philspada), Philippine Association for Citizens with Developmental and Learning Disabilities, Inc. (PACDLD) and Badminton World Federation-Shuttle Time conducted the 2-day activity dubbed as “Sports and Physical Activities for Persons with Disabilities” held at the Bulacan Sports Complex last November 5-6, 2018.

Around 70 persons with disabilities and focal persons of persons with disabilities in the different cities and municipalities of Bulacan were given seminar-lectures on how to play athletics, badminton, boccia and bocce sports. They also are given hands-on training on these sporting events. For athletic sports, the training was facilitated in by Mr. Joel Deriada, Mr. Ernie Candelario, Mr. Bernard Buen from Philspada. On the other, the Boccia and Bocce sports was handled by Mr. Marangal Gonzales, also from Philspada. The badminton sport was handled by Mr. Ian Gil Piencenaves and Mr. Glenn Sabio of BWF.

One of the highlights of the event was the signing of Manifesto of Commitment between NCDA, Provincial Government of Bulacan, Philspada and Badminton World Federation-Shuttle Time. These agencies and local government unit will work closely for the realization of the following: (1) boost sports development in schools and communities for persons with disabilities; (2) create an inclusive environment and infrastructure for sporting excellence; (3) support and empower persons with disabilities as they compete in different provincial, regional, national and international sporting events; and (4) allocate funds for the different sports development projects and programs for persons with disabilities. ###

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NCDA PARTICIPATES IN HUMAN CENTERED ROBOTICS AND TECHNOLOGY FORA

October 2, 2018

Photo shows the Prof. Ayanna Howard of the School of Inter-Active Computing in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, with some officials of the American Center Manila/US Embassy, NCDA, students, professionals, teachers, researchers, DPOs and leaders with disabilities during the Forum on Human Centered Robotics held at the American Center Manila.

NCDA PARTICIPATES IN HUMAN CENTERED ROBOTICS AND TECHNOLOGY FORA

      The National Council on Disability Affairs participated in fora featuring  human-centered robotics and technology.  Hosted by the American Center Manila and SM Cares, the Fora entitled “Forum on Human Centered Robotics” and “Robots for Helping the Human World” were held at the US Embassy in the Philippines and SM Mall of Asia on  September 6 and 7, 2018, respectively    Both fora have Prof. Ayanna Howard of the School of Inter-Active Computing in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology as the Keynote Speaker.  The events which were participated by students, professionals, teachers,  researchers, disabled people’s organizations and leaders with disabilities, provided venues to discuss how technology can increase the quality of lives of persons with disabilities and facilitated the exchange of ideas about ways to promote technological innovations that can improve accessibility and inclusiveness for persons with disabilities and other similar needs.

In her talk, Prof. Howard discussed how working with people results to developing robots and gamefield technologies to support the special needs of children with disabilities. She also talked on science-driven robotics, robot-assisted therapy system and tablet-based therapy games, among others. She also reported that a list of applications for different types of disabilities could be availed of at the google play.

NCDA Officer-in-Charge Carmen R. Zubiaga in her message during the Fora challenged students and professionals who are already developing assistive technology to do robots  which could do sign language, and assist persons with disabilities such as deaf and people with autism. She said that persons with disabilities  who also live diversity also need quality life. Director Zubiaga pointed out that coordination with the government including professionals who develop assistive devices could bridge the gap between the technology and the market to make robots commercially

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Relevantly, the SM Management committed to support the undertaking by making the technology available in SM malls once it is fully developed.

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September 19, 2018

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Philippines’ First Constructive Dialogue with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) held on 12-13 September 2018

September 17, 2018

The Philippine delegation organized by the Presidential Human Rights Committee (PHRC) headed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Virginia N. Orogo and co-headed by Deputy Executive Secretary Michael P. Ong of the Office of the President participated in the First Constructive Dialogue with the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in Geneva, Switzerland on 12-13 September 2018.

Philippine Delegation to the First Constructive Dialogue
Philippine Delegation to the First Constructive Dialogue

The Delegation is composed of Presidential Human Rights Committee, Department of Social Welfare and Development, National Council on Disability Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Education, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Justice, Department of Health, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Transportation, Philippine Commission on Women, and the Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the United Nations in Geneva. The delegation assisted Acting Secretary Orogo in responding to the issues raised by the CRPD Committee members.

DSWD Secretary Orogo delivered an opening statement highlighting the accomplishments of the Philippines in championing the rights of persons with disabilities. She assured the CRPD Committee that the State through the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) will further its current efforts to generate public interest and support for the Convention through strong advocacy on Persons with Disabilities rights protection, promotion and fulfillment through appropriate executive, legislative policy reforms consistent with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. See full opening statement.

Secretary Orogo as head of the Philippine delegation
Secretary Orogo as head of the Philippine delegation

The National Council on Disability Affairs represented by Deputy Executive Director Mateo A. Lee Jr. and assisted by Mr. Dandy C. Victa, Officer-In-Charge of the Technical Cooperation Division responded to some of the issues raised by the CRPD Committee relevant to the organization and function of the agency.

Deputy Executive Director Mateo Lee responding to a query
Deputy Executive Director Mateo Lee responding to a query

Deputy Executive Secretary Ong in his closing statement assured the CRPD Committee that the President will continue to address the needs of persons with disabilities through the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 consistent with the Convention as he continues to pursue the Administration’s goal to achieve a strongly rooted, comfortable and secure life for all Filipinos.

Deputy Executive Secretary Michael Ong delivering the closing statement
Deputy Executive Secretary Michael Ong delivering the closing statement

Meanwhile, the Philippine delegates appreciates the excellent guidance and administrative support extended by the Philippine Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland headed by Permanent Representative and Ambassador Evan P. Garcia and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) – United Nations and Other Internal Organization (UNIO) which is significant to the success of the Constructive Dialogue.

For details please see the video link http://webtv.un.org/search/consideration-of-philippines-contd-420th-meeting-20th-session-committee-on-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities/5834399321001/?term=crpd&lan=english&sort=date

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Developing Reading Comprehension in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

August 30, 2018

This is a new series of intervention resources entitled “Development of Reading Comprehension in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder”. It is recommended for children who have severe difficulties in understanding texts. It consists of three parts with a brief theoretical background and various practice activities. The third part of the series describes seven levels of intervention of scaling difficulty. The material has been developed and tested in clinical practice with excellent results, depending on learners potential.

The e-book “Development of Reading Comprehension in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder” Part 1 is also valuable for both specialists and parents who want to help children develop reading comprehension skills in a systematic, enjoyable and effective way.

According to scientific research, children acquire decoding and reading comprehension skills at the same time, but each skill develops independently of the other. Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) usually develop decoding skills, but have difficulty with reading comprehension. They can identify words relatively more easily than understanding what they have read. This may be attributed to the fact that comprehension is a more abstract skill than decoding.

More details about this resource: Click Here

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Core Group Meetings on the Drafting of Philippine Report to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

July 6, 2018

Philippine CRPD Core Group
Philippine CRPD Core Group

The NCDA in collaboration with the Philippine Human Rights Committee (PHRC) conducted two (2) meetings on the “Drafting of the Philippine Report to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” last May 30, 2018 and June 29, 2018 which was attended by representatives from the different National Government Agencies. The meeting was to assess the submission of the responses of concerned government agencies on the list of issues prepared by the Committee.

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3-day Conference on Gender Equality Focusing Women with Disabilities

July 6, 2018

Participants of the 3-Day Conference
Participants of the 3-Day Conference

The NCDA conducted a “3-day Conference on Gender Equality Focusing Women with Disabilities” on 15-17 May 2018 at the Ramada Manila Hotel, Binondo, Manila. The conference was attended by forty-seven (47) attendees composed of PDAO/Leaders of Persons/Women with Disabilities per region, representatives per sector, GAD Focal Persons of selected Provinces, and NCDA Officers and Staff.

The conference aimed to generate a needs-based assessment report for the development of a manual towards standardizing training for empowering women with disabilities and to capacitate implementers and stakeholders in developing programs and services for women with disabilities that promotes their rights to equal access to opportunities in education, economic empowerment, reproductive health and disaster protection.

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NCDA OIC CARMEN ZUBIAGA RAISES PWD CONCERNS DURING THE DSWD NATIONAL MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE (NMDC)

June 22, 2018

NCDA OIC CARMEN ZUBIAGA RAISES PWD CONCERNS DURING THE DSWD NATIONAL MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE (NMDC)
NCDA OIC CARMEN ZUBIAGA RAISES PWD CONCERNS DURING THE DSWD NATIONAL MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE (NMDC)

 

 

During the recent DSWD 2018 Mid-Year NMDC held in Canyon Woods Resort Club in Laurel, Batangas, the NCDA Officer-in-Charge, Ms. Carmen R. Zubiaga reported on the forthcoming nationwide observance of the 40th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week slated on July 17-23, 2018. President Rodrigo R. Duterte is being invited as the keynote speaker in the Opening Ceremonies of the weeklong celebration which has “Kakayahan at Kasanayan para sa Kabuhayan Tungo sa Kaunlaran” as its theme. The Technical Education and Development Authority chairs the National Working Committee of NDPR.

Ms. Zubiaga pointed out the rights of persons with disabilities to organize themselves and to choose their own leaders pursuant to the provisions of the “UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”. She likewise reported the establishment of Disability Development Support Fund as a legislative agenda in the Philippine Development Plan.

Ms. Zubiaga also enjoined the DSWD to consider the inputs of NCDA to make the National Vocational Rehabilitation Center a resource center that will respond to the present needs of persons with disabilities; thus, there is a need to amend Republic Act No. 1179 entitled “An Act to Provide the Promotion of Vocational Rehabilitation of the Blind and Other Handicapped Persons and their Return to Civil Employment” passed on June 19, 1954. Moreover, she requested the DSWD Regional Directors to allow their municipal social welfare officers and/or focal persons for persons with disabilities to attend the NCDA’s “Cluster LGU Convention on Disability Inclusive Local Governance” which aims to promote Disability Inclusive Development as a tool to good local governance. The Mindanao Cluster will be held on August 29-31, 2018 in Davao City while the Luzon and Visayas Clusters will be scheduled within the year.

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