ANNOUNCEMENT

August 29, 2013

Health Justice Philippines in coordination with the National Council on Disability Affairs is coming up with policy, program and advocacy initiatives on smoking and disability.
In this regard, Health Justice Philippines is looking for persons with disability who can give testimonials on how smoking ultimately limits one’s ability to carry out many of life’s most basic functions and further aggravated his/her disability.
For those interested or further inquiries, please call or contact Ms. Sophia Marie N. Lee, Media Consultant, Health Justice Philippines at the following numbers: 0917-810-0082 or 709-6503 or email address at sophiamarielee@gmail.com

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(Original Signed)
CARMEN R. ZUBIAGA
Acting Executive Director

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Feedback Report Re: Briefing of the Delegates from the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA)

May 28, 2013

26 April 2013

F O R:       Hon. CORAZON JULIANO-SOLIMAN (Secretary)

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.

I. BACKGROUND ON SCA-RAD

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.

Currently, MOLSAMD takes the lead in the Social Protection in Afghanistan, and they have three commitments specific to the PWDs sector: Integrating PWDs to all spheres with particular focus on education and employment, ensuring skills development for 150,000 unemployed Afghans (of which 35% are female and 10% are PWDs), and that 3% of the PWDs will be employed by the government in the administrative sector.

Given these commitments, MOLSAMD through SCA-RAD looked outward on how other countries, including the Philippines, involve the PWDs in their national policies and programs, and how these were being implemented or mainstreamed, especially those related to employment support and skills training/education.

II. OBJECTIVES OF THE SCA-RAD VISIT

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.

III. NCDA BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION

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.

IV. CLOSING

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.

PARISYA H. TARADJI

cc: Exec. Dir. CARMEN REYES-ZUBIAGA, NCDA

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December 21, 2012

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FREE MRT 3, LRT AND PNR RIDES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

November 30, 2012

We are pleased to inform you that Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya of the Department of Transportation and Communications has granted the request of the Council to avail free rides at the trains of MRT 3, LRT and PNR for persons with disabilities on December 3, 2012 from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in observance of the “International Day of Persons with Disabilities”.  This privilege is consistent with DOTC Memorandum dated November 22, 2012.

 

To ensure availment of this privilege, commuting persons with disabilities can show their Transportation Discounted Fare Identification Card or the Discounted ID Cards for PWDs issued by the National Council on Disability Affairs and the local government units.

 

Please be guided accordingly.

 

 

 

(Original Signed)

MATEO A. LEE, JR.

Deputy Executive Director

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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 http://www.ncda.gov.ph/k-l-yes-afs-philippines/

 

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The Great Deaf Artist

August 14, 2012

Jose and Mr. Good Samaritan

 

An artist and a teacher at heart Jose dela Cruz spells excellence. Among countries he exhibited his works in is Malaysia where he demoed his painting and exotic masks, which stood out alongside other art pieces of Asian artists.

Product Line: Paintings

Contact Info:

Name: Mr. Jose dela Cruz

Contact Number: 09266896160

 

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Deaf Enterprises

July 3, 2012

Gift Bags made by Deaf Enterprises
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Deaf Enterprises is owned and managed by Mr. Javero F. Soriano. A deaf gifted with talents and skills in arts and craft. He’s making gift wraps and bags.

 

PRODUCT LINE:    

Gift wraps and Bags

CONTACT INFO:

  • Business Name:  Deaf Enterprises
  • Business Owner’s Name   :         Mr. Isauro F. Soriano
  • Business Complete  Address    :         017 Rizal St., Cabanatuan City
  • Contact Person (2)   :         Mr. Isauro F. Soriano
  • Cellphone Number   :         09193093000

For your orders please contact Mr. Soriano at the above Contact Information.

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July 1, 2012

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Samahang Kapatiran ng May Kapansanan para sa Hanapbuhay Inc. is owned and managed by Arthur Quiroz. A PWD entrepreneur with orthopedic engaged in selling religious articles in Quiapo, Manila Philippines.

PRODUCT LINE:    

Religious Articles

CONTACT INFO:

  • Business Name                                   :         Samahang Kapatiran ng May Kapansanan para sa Hanapbuhay Inc
  • Business Owner’s Name                   :         Mr. Arthur Quiros
  • Business Complete Address            :         # 31 Lacson Underpass, Quiapo, Manila
  • Contact Person (2)                            :         Mr. Arthur Quiros
  • Cellphone Number                            :         (02) 381-6367 or 09195671684

 

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Medel Ayran

June 22, 2012

Products of Mr. Medel Ayran
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Mr. Medel Ayran is from Binacayan, Kawit Cavite, a deaf entrepreneur engaged in sign language Tshirt Printing and some arts and crafts novelty items for sale in the Greenhills Christmas sale. His long time customers for the T-shirts prefer his quality material and designs and are often used as office give aways, particularl;y to foreigners.  He now owns Juri’s Store inherited from his late parents popularly known to their neighbors as “The Silent Sari-Sari Store”.  The store which he runs with another deaf partner has become a favorite in the neighborhood because of their quality service. Their deafness is no barrier to their customers since they make it up with their friendliness and graphic signs shown below. It is open 24 hours a day like a convenience store to accommodate neighbors on night shift jobs.

It’s amazing that people in Binacayan have easily adopted with the Silent Store and said that it is to support Medel as a hardworking, helpful and respected PWD Entrepreneur. Certainly,  neither disability nor incapacity can stop such work excellence/success, for as long as he is determined to be productive and diligent.

It was on record that when he got fund assistance from SAUDIA Employees Association, he agreed to share the amount with two other budding entrepreneurs, who have later become his friends and business partners.

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June 6, 2012

PWD Webstore features Tahanang Walang Hagdanan, Inc. – a non-stock, non-profit and non-government organization that aims to uplift the lives of the Orthopedically handicapped persons. It was founded by Sr. Valeriana Baerts, ICM. a Belgian nun who was assigned as a volunteer nurse here in the Philippines. The center is located in Cainta Rizal which is about 15 kms. East Manila. It has five workshops, six Dormitories for trainees who came from far provinces. It is a rehabilitation and skills training center with sheltered workshops where the people with disabilities are trained to be productive and self-reliant member of the society.

 

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