Touching Base – Information And Inspiration Tor Those With Disabilities

February 14, 2018








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December 29, 2017

ED Carmen Zubiaga met Canadian PM Trudeau.
ED Carmen Zubiaga met Canadian PM Trudeau.

The NCDA Officer-in-Charge, Ms. Carmen R. Zubiaga, discussed the benefits of accessible e-jeepney on the lives of Filipinos with Disabilities with DOTr Secretary Arturo Tugade and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the soft-launching of the Accessible E-Jeepney at the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati City on November 13, 2017. This event was held during the sneak preview of COMET accessible e-jeepney designed by Canadian Engineers.

Selected officials and staff from NCDA also participated in the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits’ Opening Ceremony held on November 13 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and Closing Ceremony on November 14 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

NCDA Officers at the APEC Event
NCDA Officers at the APEC Event

by OIC Zubiaga and Deputy Executive Director Mateo A. Lee, Jr. also met casually Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa; Senator Richard J. Gordon; National Youth Commission Chairperson Aiza Seguerra; and Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) Chairperson/Undersecretary Mar Liza D. Seguerra and introduced programs and concerns of persons with disabilities which are worth pursuing through collaborative efforts.

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Highlights on the “High-level Intergovernmental Meeting on the Midpoint Review of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022”

December 29, 2017

High-level Intergovernmental Meeting on the Midpoint Review of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022” held in Beijing, China on November 27 to December 1, 2017

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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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PH Youth with Disabilities Made a Mark In This 2017 Global IT Challenge

September 25, 2017

Filipino youth with disabilities made a breakthrough and impressive record for this 2017 Global IT Challenge (GITC) for Youth with Disabilities by bagging several medals in their respective event categories. The event was held at the Grand Plaza Hanoi Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam on September 18-21,2017 and participated in by sixteen (16) countries broken into twenty-five (25) teams.

The GITC is a project that challenges youth with disabilities to utilize ICTs to solve problems. The event is meant for four (4) categories of disabilities – visual, hearing, mobility and intellectual disabilities whose age ranges 13-19 years old and have general knowledge on Internet Explorer web browser, MS Office and Scratch Programs.

In addition to providing them with the ability to leverage information and social participation, it seeks to set ICT agenda for participating countries to boost international cooperation and exchange for accessibility.

The Philippine team is composed of Nathaniel Edward Quing Dimalanta, Mark Christian Dipatuan Evangelista, Janna Nadine Co Tan, and Adrion Peter Bautista Palacpac representing Philippine School for the Deaf, Philippine National School for the Blind. Miriam College Southeast Asian Institute for the Deaf and Gen. Pio del Pilar National High School respectively
Janna Nadine Tan was awarded a gold medal, a Certificate of Achievement and a cash award in the e-Tool challenge, and a silver medal, a Certificate of Achievement and a cash award in the e-Life challenge under the hearing category while Adrion Peter Palacpac was awarded a gold medal, a Certificate of Achievement, and a cash award in the e-Life challenge and a silver medal, a Certificate of Achievement and a cash award in the e-Tool challenge, under the developmental/Learning disability category. Both winners are under the individual events. For the first time in the history of the IT Global Challenge event, Adrion Peter Palacpac representing the Philippines was conferred the IT Global Leader/MVP for the year 2017.

To win gold and silver medals in the international and prestigious competition like the GITC is quite a feat considering the better-trained competitors who receive greater support in terms of training and funding by their respective governments. Let this be the start of a dream, to aspire for more among the Youth with Disabilities a journey towards a digitally inclusive society that “No one is Left Behind’ is not an impossible dream.

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July 12, 2017


Ako, (banggitin ang pangalan) ay naniniwala na ang mga taong may kapansanan ay may karapatan rin na katulad ng tinatamasa ng bawat mamamayan ; na dapat igalang, pangalagaan at tuparin ng lahat, lalo na ng bawat namumuno sa ating mga pamayanan at lahat ng sangay ng pamahalaan.
Dahil dito, ako ay nangangako, sa abot ng aking makakaya, na magiging tagapagtaguyod ng kanilang mga karapatan at pribilehiyo, na naayon sa mga pandaigdigang kasunduan na nilagdaan ng ating pamahalaan, at mga batas na dapat ipatupad sa bansang ating tinatahanan;
Bilang isang tagapagtaguyod, ako ay magpapahayag ng madiing pagtutol sa mga gawaing magpapababa sa dignidad ng mga maykapansanan, lalo na sa mga bata at nakakatatanda ; at pigilan ang lahat ng uri ng pang-aabuso, panunukso at diskriminasyon ng dahil sa kanilang kapansanan;
Isusulong ko sa aking pamahalaang local at mga tanggapan ng mga pambansang kawanihan na aking kayang abutin na isama ang mga taong may kapansanan sa lahat ng programa at mga serbisyo upang mapaunlad ang kanilang pamumuhay sa kanilang sariling pamayanan, sa piling ng kanilang mga pamilya;
Sisikapin ko na maging bahagi ng malawakang kampanya ng pagmumulat ukol sa kapansanan, kung paano ito maiiwasan at mapalakas ang bawat taong may kapansanan at ang kanilang mga samahan, bilang mga kaagapay sa pagbuo ng isang pamayanang nangangalaga, at gumagalang sa karapatan ng bawat mamamayan.
Bilang TAGAPAGTAGUYOD ng mga karapatan at pribilehiyo ng mga may kapansanan ako ay hihikayat pa ng mga tagapagtaguyod na bigkasin ang PANATANG ito, kasunod ang pagkilos upang makamit ang layunin tungo sa isang pamayanang nangangalanga para sa lahat.
Tulungan nawa ako ng MAYKAPAL.


I, (state your name), believe that persons with disabilities have the same rights, enjoyed by other citizens, that should be respected, protected and fulfilled by all, especially by every community leader and head of all government agencies;

Because of this, I hereby pledge, to the best of my ability to advocate for their rights and privileges, in accordance with international treaties ratified by the Philippine government and all national laws that should be implemented by the State;
As an advocate, I will denounce all forms of negative actions that will put down their dignity, especially those of the children and older persons; and to stop violence, abuse, vilifications and all forms of discrimination on the basis of disability;
I will advocate in my entity/agency within my reach and competency their inclusion in all programs and services, to uplift their lives within in their own community, within their family; and within the society;
I will do my best to be a part of a massive campaign on disability awareness geared toward their empowerment and integration into the mainstream of society so they will become partners in nation-building; and
As an ADVOCATE of their inherent rights, I solemnly swear that I will encourage more advocates to recite this pledge, followed by affirmative actions in order, to realize our goals leading to a nurturing community for all.
So help me GOD…

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Mensahe ni Secretary Taguiwalo para sa ika-39 na taong pagdiriwang ng National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week

July 12, 2017


Sa bisa ng Proklamasyon 361, idineklara ang ika-17 hanggang ika- 23 ng Hulyo ng bawat taon bilang National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week. Ginugunita rin nito ang kapanganakan ni Gat Apolinario Mabini, ang “Dakilang Lumpo” at utak ng himagsikan. Sa kabila ng kanyang kapansanan, kinakatawan ng bayaning Gat Mabini ang mga mamamayan ng kasalukuyang panahon na may kapansanan ngunit patuloy na nakikipagtunggali sa hamon ng buhay — patuloy silang nagbabahagi sa kapwa at nagsisikap na makapag-ambag sa mga layuning itaguyod ang isang matatag na bansa. Ang tema ng ika-39 na taong pagdiriwang ng National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week ay nagpapa-alala sa atin sa sigaw ng mga may kapansanan sa buong bansa: “Karapatan at Pribilehiyo ng Mga May Kapansanan, Isakatuparan at Ipaglaban”.

Secretary Taguiwalo of DSWD
Secretary Taguiwalo of DSWD

Bilang kasapi ng United Nations, lumagda ang Pilipinas sa Kasunduan tungkol sa Karapatan ng mga Maykapansanan (UNCRPD). Dito, inilahad ng pamahalaan ng Pilipinas ang kahandaan na igalang, pangalagaan at ipatupad ang mga karapatan ng bawat Pilipinong may kapansanan.
Tungkulin ng bawat sangay ng pamahalaan, lalo’t higit ang pamahalaang lokal, na isama ang mga may kapansanan sa lahat ng mga programa at serbisyo na magtataguyod ng kanilang mga karapatan at magpapaunlad ng kanilang kakayahan at talino upang mag-ambag at maging kaagapay sa kaunlaran ng bayan.
Bilang paggalang sa mga karapatan na isinasaad sa kasunduan at mga batas ng ating bansa, dapat ipatupad ng bawat pamahalaang lokal ang Batas Pambansa 344 upang itaguyod ang pamayanang walang sagabal at nagsusulong sa malayang pagkilos ng bawat Pilipinong may kapansanan. Sa pamamagitan nito, kanilang mapakinabangan ang mga programa at serbisyo mula sa lokal na pamahalaan. Ating tiyakin na sumusunod sa pamantayan ng Accessibility at Universal Design ang lahat ng mga pampublikong gusali, mga lansangan at mga pampublikong sasakyan upang makalahok ang mga may kapansanan sa lahat ng mga gawain sa komunidad.
Mahalaga din na maunawaan ng mga tuwirang naglilingkod ang iba’t ibang uri ng kapansanan at mga pangangailangan ng mamamayang may kapansanan upang maintindihan kung paano sila pakikitunguhan at mapaglingkuran na may malasakit.
Kaakibat ng tungkulin ng bawat sangay ng pamahalaan ay ang pangangalaga at proteksyon sa karapatan ng mga may kapansanan sa pamamagitan ng paghubog sa isang pamayanang walang diskriminasyon at may pantay na pagtrato sa bawat mamamayan. Siguraduhin natin na bawat may kapansanan ay nakakakuha ng serbisyong legal upang maipagtanggol nila ang kanilang karapatan sa harap ng batas. Mahalaga din na ang mga walang pandinig ay mabigyan ng tulong ng mga sign language interpreters — mula sa kanilang paghaharap ng reklamo at pagsisiyasat, hanggang sa pagdinig ng kanilang kaso sa korte. Kailangan din natitiyak na sila ay makikinabang sa mga serbisyong pangkalusugan at edukasyon sa ilalim ng batas.
Ang pinakamahalaga para sa mga may kapansanan ay ang pabibigay ng katuparan sa mga karapatang ito sa pamamagitan nang pagtatalaga ng Persons with Disabilities Affairs Office (PDAO) sa bawat pamahalaang local (lalawigan, lungsod at 1st, 2nd, at 3rdclass na munisipyo) at ang paghirang ng PDAO Focal Persons sa 4th, 5th at 6th class na mga munisipyo. Nakasaad ito sa RA10070 na kinilala ang karapatan ng mga may kapansanan na makilahok sa pagpapatakbo ng pamahalaang lokal, at maging kabahagi sa pagbibigay ng mga serbisyong nauukol para sa kanila.
Nakikipag-ugnayan ang mga PDAO sa lahat ng sangay ng pamahalaan upang ang mga may kapansanan ay maging bahagi sa pagpaplano ng mga angkop na programa at serbisyo at pagbalangkas ng mga alituntuning lokal ayon sa kasalukuyang kalagayan ng sektor.
Inaasahan na ang mga PDAO (na dapat ay pamununan ng mga kwalipikadong may kapansanan) ay magiging susi sa pagpapaunlad sa mga pangunahing serbisyo para sa sektor. Inaasahan natin na bago matapos ang termino ng kasaluukuyang pamunuan ay naitatag na ang mga PDAO at Persons with Disabilities Affairs Focal Persons sa lahat ng pamahalaang lokal sa buong bansa.
Samantala, hindi kailanman maisasawalang-bahala ang kahalagahan ng sama-samang pagkilos ng mga miyembro ng sektor ng mga may kapansanan at kanilang mga samahan para sa kanilang mga karapatan. Matimbang ang sama-samang pakikipaglaban para maisulong ang mga karapatan at pribelehiyo ng bawat may kapansanan sa lipunang Pilipino.
Mahalagang magkaisa ang mga samahan ng mga may kapansanan upang manawagan sa implementasyon ng RA 10754 na nagpalawak sa mga benepisyo at pribilehiyo ng mga taong may kapansanan, ang RA 10524 na naglalaan ng 1% ng mga posisyon para sa mga kuwalipikadong may kapansanan sa lahat ng sangay ng pamahalaan, at pagtupad sa iba pang mga karapatan ayon sa RA 7277 o ang Magna Karta ng mga Taong May Kapansanan.
Sa National Development Plan ng bansa, tinatanaw ang isang magandang bukas kung saan ang bawat Pilipino ay may matatag, maginhawa at panatag na buhay. Higit sa lahat, Walang Maiiwanan. Isama natin ang mga mamamayang may kapansanan sa ating pangarap. Kilalanin at itaguyod ang kanilang mga karapatan nang may malasakit upang maging mas magaan ang kanilang pag-angat at pagtahak sa landas na nais nilang marating sa buhay, kapantay ng bawat mamamayan.
Magkaisa tayo na buuin ang isang pamayanang gumagalang, kumakalinga at nangangalaga sa karapatan ng lahat ng mamamayan.
Pagpalain nawa tayo at patnubayan ng Maykapal.

Judy M. Taguiwalo
Kalihim, Kagawaran ng Kagalingang Panlipunan at Pagpapaunlad
(Secretary, Department of Social Welfare and Development)
Punong Tagapangasiwa, Pambansang Sanggunian ng Ugnayang Pang May Kapansanan
(Chairperson, National Council on Disability Affairs)


To view and download the signed copy of the message please click here.

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Call for Applications for the 20th Duskin Leadership Training Program in Japan (2018) has been made! The deadline is August 8, 2017.

July 11, 2017

This program aims to provide an opportunity for young people with disabilities who wish to become community leaders in Asian and the Pacific countries/regions. It was first initiated in 1999 as a project commemorating the United Nations Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons (1993-2002).

The uniqueness of this invitation program is that the applicants do not need any official recommendation from the government or other organizations, and that it is completely open to anyone, without any restrictions on educational or occupational backgrounds. In addition, the training period of around ten months is conducted in Japanese or Japanese sign language so that the trainees can deepen understand Japan and Japanese culture.

Besides, since trainees from different countries/regions study together, they can build up network beyond the different types of disability, thus they are expected to become active leaders in the future.

Qualifications of applicants

  1. Persons with disabilities who wish to contribute to their communities as leaders in future
  2. Persons who are between 18 and 29 years of age. No education history or prior work experience is required
  3. Persons who are able to complete the 10 month long training program and adapt themselves to Japanese life
  4. Persons who are able to communicate either in Japanese (or Japanese sign language) or in English (or American sign language)
  5. Persons who are able to carry out their activities of daily living without assistance
  6. Persons who are able to have interviews in their own countries/regions
  7. Persons who are able to plan and carry out their own training program
  8. Persons who are able to take responsibilities for all risks, including unexpected accidents

Download the application here

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Creating an Enabling Environment for Empowerment and Self-Sufficiency of Persons with Disability

May 25, 2017


Montebello Villa Hotel * March 9, 2017

On March 9, 2017 the first Regional Summit for Persons with Disabilities was held at the Villa Montebello Hotel, Cebu City. It was spearheaded and organized by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region VII in collaboration with the Regional Committee on Disability Affairs Region VII.

The Summit was conducted with the goal of having a deeper understanding on the situation of persons with disabilities and to identify issues and concerns of the sectorand the output shall be forwarded to the DSWD Central Office for consolidation.

The activity was participated in by the Provincial/City Social Welfare and Development Officers, PWD Focal Persons, PWD Federation Presidents representing the seven (7) categories of persons with disabilities per cities in three (3) provinces of Region VII.

OIC-ARDO Grace Q. Subong gave the welcome message. Mr. Ruben Boybanting, Listahanan Focal Person discussed the PWD situationer. Araceli De Leon, NCDA presented to the body all the laws concerning persons with disabilities and that the concerns for the sector should be disability inclusive. Ms. Adela A. Kono, Board Secretary of Organization of Rehabilitative Advocates for Inclusion (ORAI), presented the resolution on Barrier Free Tourism. Ms. Kono also presented the Salient Features of RCDA Resolution on Barrier Free Tourism in compliance with BP344. DSWD FO 7 PWD Sectoral Focal, Ms. Daisy C. Lor presented the 2017 DSWD Thrusts and Priorities and the Socio Economic and 10 Point Agenda on PWD.

A workshop identifying issues and concerns affecting the PWD sector was also conducted. Participants were grouped into seven (7) based on the following: a) Women b) Learning (Cognitive or Intellectual c) Learning & Chronic d) Visual e) Orthopedic (Males) f) Deaf g) Orthopedic. The issues and concerns discussed by the group members in detail are as follows:

• Health Services
• On Livelihood & Employment
• Education
• On Gender Equality, Respect & Recognition
• On Enabling Environment for PWDs
• On Coping in times of Disaster
• On Social Welfare Services

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Australia Awards Scholarships Now Open for Best & Brightest Filipinos

April 7, 2017

The Philippine Australia Human Resource and Organisational Development Facility (PAHRODF) is pleased to announce that Australia Awards Scholarships in the Philippines is now accepting application for its 2018 intake.

australia awards logo
australia awards logo

The Australia Awards are prestigious scholarships offered by the Australian Government to individuals in the Philippines who have the potential to contribute to the development of their country and become leaders in their chosen field.

The application process is open and competitive, providing equal opportunities to all eligible citizens regardless of gender or ethnicity including Persons with Disabilities. Deadline of application is on 30 APRIL 2017, for inquires/details on scholarships please contact scholarships secretariat at telephone number (+632) 638 9686 or through email address or website

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