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


COMELEC, DILG and DOH, 34th NDPR Week’s ‘PWD-friendly’ Websites Awardees

August 14, 2012

For the 34th NDPR Week, 3 strategic government agencies DILG, DOH and COMELEC bagged the “PWD-friendly Website Awards, after complying with the NCDA-NCC Joint Circular on Web Accessibility, to boost the sector’s “RIGHT TO INFORMATION” towards socio-economic opportunities.

This joint project of the National Computer Center-ICTO, Philippine Web Accessibility Group and NCDA, would not have been possible without the ICT SubCom champions Architect Rizal Morales (DOTC), Merce Nicolas (NCC-ICTO), Noli Agcaoili (NOVA) and Lauro Purcil (DepEd).

Joy Center for the Disabled, International shares their “Joy-full Mission” with the Council

August 1, 2012

Joy Center for the Disabled, International – NCDA Interface. On the bottom left picture, standing from the left: Pastora Agnes B. Valdez, Joy Disability Mission, Inc.; Mr. Tim Kim, Missionary, and Mr. Greg Cho, Teacher, California State University, Maritime Academy. Seated from the left Ms. Eunmi Cho, Teacher, California State University Sacramento; Ms. Carmen Reyes-Zubiaga, NCDA’s newly appointed Executive Director and Mr. Martin Kim, Missionary.


A 21-team man from Joy Center for the Disabled, International, composed of Korean and  Filipino pastors, teachers and students met the newly appointed NCDA Executive Director Ms. Carmen Reyes-Zubiaga at the NCDA Board Room on 2 July 2012 .

Joy Center shares their joy-full mission which is to oversee the operations of its year-long Saturday Schools in three locations, and facilitates summer, sports, and family camps. They also organize seminars and conferences to empower those serving persons with disabilities and promote the cause of disability ministry in the community, while sponsoring camps for parents of children with disabilities in order to foster a community support and encouragement.

VSO – Bahaginan Country Strategic Plan Launched

July 3, 2012

Ribbon Cutting, from left, Corazon Jimenez (General Manager, MMDA), Thelsa P. Biolena (Director, Standards Bureau, DSWD), Malou Pantua-Juanito (Executive Director, VSO Bahaginan), Bill Tweddell (Australian Ambassador to the Philippines) and Colin Glen (Second Secretary, British Embassy).
Ribbon Cutting, from left, Corazon Jimenez (General Manager, MMDA), Thelsa P. Biolena (Director, Standards Bureau, DSWD), Malou Pantua-Juanito (Executive Director, VSO Bahaginan), Bill Tweddell (Australian Ambassador to the Philippines) and Colin Glen (Second Secretary, British Embassy).

Led by its Chairman, Mr. Vitaliano N. Nañagas III and Executive Director, Ms. Marilou Pantua-Juanito, Volunteer Service Organization (VSO) Bahaginan launched their “3-year country plan to address poverty in priority areas in the Philippines.” This ground-breaking event toasted synergy to the max, among local organizations and government agencies, volunteers and supporting communities at the Ayala Museum last June 25, 2012.

VSO Bahaginan aims to make a significant, enduring impact on the lives of marginalized and poor Filipino communities, with capacity-building and climate resilient projects anchored an active citizenship and asset reform.

VSO Bahaginan’s three-year plan includes:

¶  Peace-building efforts in Mindanao, particularly in the areas of Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur provinces.

¶  To improve the quality of life of local people by building climate change resiliency in forest and coastal communities, through its Model Forest program in Samar and Bohol provinces.

¶  The deployment of VSO Bahaginan’s Filipino and international youth volunteers for participation in the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRMM) system instituted by the Municipality of Hagonoy, Bulacan.

¶  “Increasing Participation of PWD [persons with disabilities] in 2013 Elections,” a project launched in Cebu now being rolled out in the country’s key cities, to push for “disability-inclusive” elections in a big way.

(Prepared by: Ms. Josephine Despi-PDO II, Technical Cooperation Division)

Samahang Kapatiran ng May Kapansanan para sa Hanapbuhay Inc.

July 1, 2012

Samahang Kapatiran ng May Kapansanan para sa Hanapbuhay Inc.
Samahang Kapatiran ng May Kapansanan para sa Hanapbuhay Inc.


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.


Religious Articles


  • 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


Asia Pacific Resource Center on Disability (APCD) Holds Knowledge Management Workshop for NCDA

June 26, 2012

Knowledge Management Training with Mr. Ryuhei Sano
Knowledge Management Training with Mr. Ryuhei Sano

Knowledge Management Training
Knowledge Management Training
International Cooperation at best.   APCD Information and Knowledge Management Manager Ryuhei Sano engages NCDA/Japan International Cooperating Agency (JICA) officers and staff in the KM Workshop held last June 6, 2012, focused on Video Documentation of the Non-Handicapping Environment (NHE) in Rural Areas.   With a storyboard as workshop outcome, this NCDA-APCD-JICA synergy aims to produce a brief but dramatic tool, to show NHE Project’s proofs of success, in most powerful way.


(Prepared by: Ms. Fatima A. Garon – Project Evaluation Officer I, Technical Cooperation Division)

Tahanang Walang Hagdanan Inc.

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.


Tahanang Walang Hagdan Inc. Online Merchant
Tahanang Walang Hagdan Inc. Online Merchant

Calling All Video Film Making Enthusiasts!

May 14, 2012


The New Vois Association (NVA)-Health Justice (HJ) tandem invites disability advocates with or without disabilities from self-help groups and GO/NGO partners, to a half day session on Video-Film Making on Monday, May 14, 2012 at 9 A.M.

This project to be held on #1 Fuentes Drive North Susana Executive Village, Quezon City,  aims to spur public awareness on the rights of persons with disabilities, particularly the “RIGHT TO HEALTH”, supportive of the “UN-Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”.

For details, please contact/confirm with Ms. Volet Rojas at mobile no. 09228922850, since this is on a “first-come-first-served basis.

Queensland University of Technology Coordinator Keeps Tab of Pinoy Fellows Action Plan

May 2, 2012

On the upper left corner, the  “Filipino participants to the 2011 Australian Leadership Awards Fellowship” standing from the left Ms. Lila Simon (NCDA), Mr. Romeo Mina (DepED), Ms. Susita Bulawit (DILG), Mr. Vincent Sacriz (QUT, Australia), Ms. Florita Bisco (NCDA) and Mr. Mike Limon (NCDA). Sitting from the left Ms. Josephine Despi (NCDA), Capt. Oscar Taleon (AKaPinoy), Ms. Daylinda Taleon (AKaPinoy) and Ms. Gertrude Pabelona (HOR).

            On the lower right corner, the “NCDA Officers with Vincent” standing from the left, Ms. Josephine Despi, Mr. Vincent Sacriz, Deputy Executive Director Mr. Mateo A. Lee, Jr., Ms. Nelia De Jesus, Ms. Ruth Tacujan, Ms. Marlu Evangelista, Ms. Cynthia Barriga and Ms. Leovigilda Oasin.


In town to monitor the Pinoy Fellows’ post-training accomplishments, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Mr. Vincent Sacriz, mentor and training coordinator of the 2011 Australian Leadership Awards Fellowship re-united with the 2011 Filipino Fellows on April 19, 2012 at the NCDA to monitor the group’s progress.


To sustain QUT-NCDA collaboration, Mr. Sacriz also met with NCDA Officers headed by its Deputy Executive Director for an update on the current and future Project Proposals under AusAID and invited the Council to submit relevant proposals for latter’s consideration.


International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) Hosts Web ACcess Workshop for COMELEC

April 17, 2012

Philippine Web Accessibility Group (PWAG), NCDA’s online advocacy group on web accessibility,  represented by its President and MCCID Institute of Technology Training Director Mr. Jojo Esposa,  as  Resource Person,  shares hands-on techniques to make websites accessible to persons with disabilities .

















IFES Philippines’ Project Officer Ms. Mae Butoy  warmly  welcomed everybody to fast break  COMELEC’s “PWD-friendly” website for  disability-inclusive elections.  Held for COMELEC’s IT Team at the Bayleaf Intramuros on March 22, 2012, this was in tandem with the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) and the Philippine Web Accessibility Group (PWAG).

NCDA-Technical Cooperation Division Chief Nelia de Jesus thanked IFES Coordinator Mae Butoy for sponsoring the training that gave momentum to COMELEC’s initial efforts to bolster registration of voters with disabilities.  This year, the Council will hold similar workshops for other GOs and selected LGUs, to expand web accessibility of citizens with disabilities to government’s programs and services.

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