Youth Ambassadors Rocel and Jene Boy Start ‘AFS Year’ In America

September 4, 2012


             2 Pinoy Scholars eagerly begin their Life-changing Year in Washington D.C.  Rocel Sison of the Philippine National School for the Blind and Jene Boy Deculing of Isabela school for the Deaf, join exchange students from all over the world on their orientation prior to placements for 1 year, in respective schools and foster families in California and Arizona.

NCDA-AFS Intercultural Philippines ‘Maleta’ Turnover. Executive Director Carmen Reyes-Zubiaga and DED Matt Lee, Jr. with Americal Field Service – Intercultural Programs Philippines (AFS-IPP) Volunteer Development Manager Beth Eduave, turn over traditional token suitcases to the young scholars joined by their parents, mentors,returning scholars and Council staff.


This joint project of the NCDA, AFS-IPP and the U.S. Government, gives 2-3 scholarship slots for PWDs out of 40, every year.  As the local government’s pitch for disability-inclusive education called for in the “UN-Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”, this also aims to groom future PWD leaders/rights advocates in the country.  Rocel and Jene Boy, now students in California and Arizona respectively, will make a total of 17, fielded since 2004, and are now making indelible marks in their studies and careers.  For those interested to apply, please check out


Korean Team’s Power Wheelchair Spurs Young Pinay Rights Advocate

January 24, 2012







International Cooperation at Work! DSWD Undersecretary and NCDA’s  OIC/ED Alicia R. Bala , Global Cancer Ambassador and New Vois Association of the Philippines President Emer Rojas and wife Volet  cheer the first ride of new and lucky power wheelchair owner  Carla dela Cruz, another highlight of the December 2, 2011 “Asia Pacific’s Walk for the Rights of PWDs”.  Carla, an AFS-YES scholar and a cum laude graduate of Trinity University of Asia, BS Education major in SPED, looks forward to using her power cruiser in her future teaching career.



Mr.Chang Hyun Choi, Bright Future President, receives the NCDA’s Certificate of Appreciation, with Daegu University Professor, College of Rehab Science Professor Dr. Dal Yob Lee.
Mr.Chang Hyun Choi, Bright Future President, receives the NCDA’s Certificate of Appreciation, with Daegu University Professor, College of Rehab Science Professor Dr. Dal Yob Lee.
Mr.Chang Hyun Choi, Bright Future President, receives the NCDA’s Certificate of Appreciation, with Daegu University Professor, College of Rehab Science Professor Dr. Dal Yob Lee.


Other Korean team members who joined the ‘Walk’  aside from Dr. Lee and Mr. Choi were Prof. Yong-gil Jo of Gosin University Dept. of Welfare and Rehabilitation, Mr. Jin Woo Lee, Branch Chair, Association of Disabled People’s Rights Support, Bright Tomorrow Director Kyung Ja Lee and Good Job Center for Independent Living Assistant Kwanghee Choi.

The Korean delegates took the opportunity to join the “2nd Asia Pacific CBR Congress” hosted by the country last November 29-30, 2011, and urged NCDA to facilitate their exchange on rights issues on a regular basis, with their local counterpart people’s organizations and partners.

Announcement of Qualified Applicants Applying for the AFS KL-YES Scholarship

August 17, 2011

The National Council on Disability Affairs is pleased to announce the qualified applicants who will be invited to the Final Screening for the American Field Service KL-YES Scholarship Program on August 23, 2011 at 9AM to be held at the Board Room of the NCDA Building, Isidora St. Brgy Holy Spirit Quezon City, Philippines.

The qualified applicants for the AFS KL-YES Program are:

1.       Michael Gess A. Abrenica Jr.          Philippine School for the Deaf

2.       Mari Beatrix D. Domingo                  Quirino High School

3.       Mary Ann M. Tiama                           Quirino High School

4.       Jomarie P. Canares                          Philippine National School for the Blind

5.       Rocel G. Sison                                   Philippine National School for the Blind

6.       Veronica Mae M. Del Rosario         Manila High School

7.       Aeron Pornela  Gonowon                Manila High School

8.       Enri Rose D. Parole                          Manila High School

9.       Jene Boy De Culing                            Isabela School for the Deaf

The whole day Screening will be held in 3 parts; 1.) Briefing on the Program and Mechanics 2.) Individual Interview, and 3.) Group Discussion.

The applicants are requested to contact the NCDA office at tel no. 9516129 and look for Mr. Reggie Tolentino or Ms. Precious Horvidalla to confirm their attendance to the said screening and receive further instructions.


July 26, 2011

The deadline for the submission of American Field Service-Kennedy Lugar-Youth Exchange Scholarship (AFS-KL-YES) application was extended from July 15, 2011 to Friday, August 12, 2011. This is to give applicants in various schools more time to complete the requirements for submission to NCDA.
Because of this, the final screening of applicants for AFS-KL-YES schoolyear 2012-2013 was reset from July 15, 2011 to August 23, 2011, 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. at the NCDA Office Board Room, Isidora Street, Barangay Holy Spirit, Quezon City. Please contact Mr. Reggie Tolentino or Ms. Precious Horvidalla at Telephone Number 951-61-29.

AFS Scholar Korea-bound for a Cultural Exchange Program

February 22, 2011

Yamie (standing-L) with fellow AFSers (Gemmalyn, Adisa and Marlon).
Yamie (standing-L) with fellow AFSers (Gemmalyn, Adisa and Marlon).
Yamie Fiestada, with 3 other model deaf students of De la Salle University – College of St. Benilde (DLSU-CSB), will soon fly to South Korea for a cultural exchange program. Sponsored by the Korean Employment Agency for the Disabled (KEAD), this will run from February 13-18, 2011, at the Ilsan Vocational Competency Development Center (IVCDC). CSB’s School for Deaf Education and Applied Studies (SDEAS) will field four deaf young people, 1 deaf adviser and 2 hearing Faculty Chaperons to complete their 6-man team.

Yamie is among the 11 PWD exchange students sent under the American Field Service-Youth Exchange Scholarship (AFS-YES) and has since showed exemplary academic and social skills. Those and her positive outlook probably qualified her to be considered as one of DLSU-CSB’s model students and a capable young cultural ambassador for the country.