Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program

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YES Program supports students with disabilities and encourages their participation

Australia-based QUT Team Holds Pre-departure Briefing for “RBME Training” Participants

March 15, 2013

Mr Vincent Sacriz and Leissy Menendez
Mr Vincent Sacriz and Leissy Menendez
QUT participants
QUT participants

The Queensland University of Technology of Mr. Vincent Sacriz and staff Leissy Menendez answers queries of inter agency participants in this year’s training program on “Developing a Results Framework on Disability” slated in Brisbane this May, under the Public Sector Linkages Program (PLSP) funded by the AusAid.

The program formally started with two “In-Country Training” sessions last February until March 4, 2013 at Richmonde Hotel, capped with the team’s March 5 Exit Conference with NCDA and pre-departure briefing of trainees.

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PUP’s Pitch to Become “PWD-friendly”

March 13, 2013

Taking up the challenge to open its doors for students with disabilities, the Polytechnic University of the Philippines hosted an orientation on “Accessible Reading and Publishing for All, through DAISY, E-Pub and other Adoptive Technologies” for its IT officers, librarians, invited publishers and partners, last Wednesday, March 6, 2013.

Launched by the Resources for the Blind and the National Council on Disability Affairs in sync with PUP Vice President Manuel Muhi, all Speakers rallied ‘equitable access to information’, as a tool to ‘make the right to training and education real” for persons with disabilities.

NCDA Acting ED Carment Zubiaga
NCDA Acting ED Carment Zubiaga
 PUP-NALLRC Director Divine Pasumbal
PUP-NALLRC Director Divine Pasumbal
RBI Technical Specialist Mayette Regala
RBI Technical Specialist Mayette Regala
ATDO President Hiroshi Kawamura
ATDO President Hiroshi Kawamura
Philippine Printing House for the Blind Allan Mesoga
Philippine Printing House for the Blind Allan Mesoga
Autism Society of the Philippines Ranil Sorongon
Autism Society of the Philippines Ranil Sorongon
 Assistive Technology Development Staff Mayu Hamada
Assistive Technology Development Staff Mayu Hamada
Vibal Publishing House, Inc. Operations Manager Mr. Chris Datol
Vibal Publishing House, Inc. Operations Manager Mr. Chris Datol
Polytechnic University of the Philippines IT Staff John Alcaraz
Polytechnic University of the Philippines IT Staff John Alcaraz

A. Mabini Awards Nomination Deadline Extended!

March 1, 2013

In an announcement made by A. Mabini Awards Screening Committee Chairman  Arch. Jaime Silva, deadline for submission of nomination has been extended from February 28, 2013 to April 1, 2013.

This event is launched by the Philippine Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled (PFRD), in partnership with concerned government, private and disabled people’s organizations every other year.  Please check out (NCDA website link for details).

Search Is On for Apolinario Mabini Awards 2013

February 12, 2013


**Presidential A. Mabini Award
**PWD of the Year
**PWD Group of the Year
**Local Government Unit of the Year
**Rehabilitation Volunteer/Group of the Year
**Employer of the Year 
**PWD Friendly Establishment
**PWD Media Advocate of the Year
•PWD Media Advocate
• PWD Media company Advocate
•PWD Media Program
**Website Accessibility Award
Nomination Procedure:1. Anyone can nominate individuals or groups to any category provided they fit the criteria. Self-nomination will not be accepted.
2. A member of the organization cannot nominate his/her own group.
3. Nominators will be asked to fill out the required forms and submit requirements on or before February 28, 2013.Forms can be downloaded from the PFRD website
4. Nominators can work with the nominees in accomplishing required papers.
5. Narrative and attachments should not exceed 20 pages.
6. None-paper attachments such as DVDs or CDS can be submitted as well.

You can send the accomplished nomination forms (2 sets) to the PFRD Office Suite 27, 2nd Flr., The Columbia Tower Ortigas Avenue,

Mandaluyong City no later than February 28, 2013. For More information pls contact Ms. Liza Belardo at Tele/Fax No. 02 7250093


2nd Philippine National Games for Persons with Disabilities

February 11, 2013

The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) is the organizer of the Chess team in partnership with the Philippine Sports Association for the Differently-Abled (PHILSPADA), NPC Philippines in collaboration with the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) will again oversee the Chess Tournament to be held at LagunaUniversityAnnexBuilding, Sta. Cruz, Laguna where ten (10) other sports events are to be played during the 2nd Philippine National Games on March 15-23, 2013 (formerly scheduled on February 15-23, 2013).  The PHILSPADA, NPC-Philippines were authorized by the Philippine Sports Commission to organize the said National Games.

The NCFP Executive Director, GM Jayzon Gonzales and his staff will officiate the chess tournament together with Ms. Nanie Umali-Apostol providing support as the NCDA focal person for sports for persons with disabilities.  Athletes coming from the different regions will be supported by their local government officials by virtue of DILG Memorandum Circular No.188 signed by Secretary Mar Roxas on November 23, 2012 while the national team members will be provided meals and transportation allowances by the Philippine Sports Commission.  It was announced during the coordination meeting conducted by PHILSPADA, NPC-Philippines that only those athletes who are joining the National Games are qualified to join the elimination games of each sports event for any international competitions.

You may coordinate with Ms. Nanie Umali-Apostol at telephone number 952-28-09 for more details/any inquiries.

Million Volunteer Run 2

February 9, 2013

The Quezon City local government supports the the “Million Volunteer Run 2” of the Philippine National Red Cross with the PRC-Quezon City Chapter. The public is encouraged to participate and join  the run which will be staged on February 10, 2013, 5:00 am by the PRC-QC Chapter from Commonwealth Avenue to Quezon Memorial Circle.

The Philippines will make an international declaration that we are humanitarians. Join us in stopping the cycle of devastation. On Feb 10, we will be running to create a culture of volunteerism in the Philippines that will define the Filipino nation before the whole world.

Three easy ways to register:

Online registration and payment via online banking, Pay Pal or Pay Easy – register online now and pay only P100 even if you’re a non-student or business executive

You can also register online at [multiply]

Register at any Red Cross Chapter – you can download registration form here and fill up before going to the chapter.

Registration Fees :

PhP 100.00 for students

PhP 200.00 for non-students

PhP 500.00 for business executives

For more information the public can contact the PRC-Quezon City Chapter at 340-5674, 464-3751 or visit the website


  • Million Volunteer Run is a fun run.
  • Participants 17 years old and below must have secure signed Parental Consent. Waiver Form must be signed to qualify for registration. You may bring your Multiply Original Invoice which is also considered as Official Receipt ans Waiver.
  • All volunteer participants must complete the MVR Registration Form honestly and accurately.
  • Assembly time will be at 5:00 AM.
  • Gun start will promptly be 5.30AM for 3K and 6.00AM for 5K.
  • All Participants must wear RED Shirt.
  • Participants may run, walk or rest upon their discretion.
  • The organizers reserve the right to reject any participant found to have misrepresented himself/herself.
  • The organizers reserve the right to alter any of the above rules and regulations that they may deem necessary to ensure the success of the race.



Dream Chase 2013 Charity Fun Run

February 6, 2013

CereCare Philippines Foundation provides psychological and rehabilitation services, and special education program and rehabilitation services and special education program for children with special needs such as Autism, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome and other similar conditions.

DREAM CHASE 2013 is a Charity Fun Run and CereCare’s pioneering endeavor to raise the level of awareness for these children with exceptionalities. Join us in this advocacy of making a difference in the lives of these children.

Download Registration Form

Non-Handicapping Environment (NHE) Project

January 23, 2013


The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will hold a Strategic Planning Workshop (Road Mapping) on the expansion of the Non-Handicapping Environment (NHE) Project for Persons with Disabilities in the Rural Areas on January 21-23, 2013 at the Travelers Hotel, corner Aguinaldo and Raymundo Streets, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales.

The NHE Workshop aims at organizing the Core Group/Technical Working Group and develop a logical framework/plan of action for the NHE expansion to facilitate implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the project. This will be participated in by the officials and staff of the following agencies namely: NCDA, DSWD Central Office, Department of Health, Department of Tourism, Department of Transportation and Communications, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Labor and Employment, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and representatives from the sector with disabilities. As part of the workshop, the two (2) Mayors of the pioneering municipalities have been invited as resource persons to share their experiences and best practices in their NHE implementation to guide the participants in the development of their plan.

The NHE is a pro-poor project aimed at enhancing the physical and social accessibility of persons with disabilities.  It was pioneered in the municipalities of New Lucena, Iloilo(Region VI) and Opol, Misamis Oriental (Region X) from 2008-2012.  This was a technical cooperation project between NCDA and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) wherein two (2) JICA Experts were dispatched to help in the implementation of the project.  The rich experiences and the impact of the project to persons with disabilities resulted to the expansion of the project in other Local Government Units (LGUs) of the country.



2013 World Deafblind Confab Organizers Tap Local Experts

December 7, 2012

In town to tap local counterparts for a 2013 “International Conference of the World Federation of the Deafblind” slated in the country, was a delegation led by Mr. Christer Nilsson, International Coordinator, the Swedish Association of the Deafblind. With him are officers of the Japan Deafblind Association Mr. Noboyuki Takahashi, Mr. Shinichi Hashima, and their deafblind interpreters Ms. Kana Hashimato, Ms. Momoko Haruno, Ms Kanae Hasumi  and English-Japanese interpreter Sachi Shirota.


Mr.Nilsson gives Conference details, Mr.Takahashi shows tactile signing and Mr. Hashima thanks NCDA.



Left photo: Mr.Bong Garcia and Mr. Purcil share project backgrounders and the above right photo shows the group marking all meeting agreements with a posterity shot.

Local experts Philippine School for the Deaf’s Principal Ms. Yolanda Capulong and Resources for the Blind’s Ms.Mila Wayno expressed support for the Conference and requested relevant details to guide the local team that would later assist in that world event.  These include the number of participants, venue, theme, program, international steering Committee and admin requirements, which Mr. Nilsson partially provided, complete details to be sent ASAP.

Acting ED Carmen Zubiaga, after a briefing on NCDA by DED Mateo A. Lee, Jr., assured the group that the Council would support the event and reiterated the need for the abovementioned info, including the possibility of funding local participants and other funding arrangements.

Mr. Nilsson admitted he felt ‘’scared’ of the big task when he had to take over Mr. Grandia who recently passed away, but was relieved after Ms. Carmen’s commitment to help, alongside partners present and to tap more, as soon as important inputs are in from the organizers.

As model, Mr. Noboyushi Takahashi gave a presentation of their Association’s programs for the Japanese deafblind, including technology and other communication tools, which highly impressed the group.

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