AusAID Supports Three Big Disability Events!

March 29, 2012


The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) has not just been helping develop PWDs and partners through overseas scholarships. It has also spurred active participation of women with disabilities and support groups in local fora on the rights of PWDs.
















The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) was one of the sponsors of the collaborated activity during the celebration of the “International Day of Persons with Disabilities” on December 3, 2011. The Council, through the National Steering committee created five (5) Thematic Sub-Groups to mark the celebration.  One of these groups is the “Sub-Group on Gender: Including Women and Girls with Disabilities, chaired by Ms. Carmen Reyes-Zubiaga, President, WOWLEAP.

Ms. Zubiaga led the “Leadership Training for Women with Disabilities in Advocacy and Orientation on Gender and Development Programming at the Community Level” held at Bayview Hotel on November 23-24, 2011 attended by women and girls with disabilities, parents of children with disabilities and Focal Persons from various regions. The activity trained participants to lead advocacy initiatives and collaborations with partners in government and private sector towards empowerment of women and children with disabilities.













NCDA Awards Braille Watches to Students with Visual Impairment

February 25, 2012


Deputy Executive Director of the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) Mr.  Mateo A. Lee, Jr. (2nd from left, above photo) awards a Braille watch for the blind to Eugemar Red Garcia, a 3rd year student from Quirino High School during the Closing Program of the Training of Parents Volunteers Assisting Special Education Teachers Handling Multiple Disabilities with Visual Impairments conducted by the Parent Advocates for Visually Impaired Children (PAVIC) which was held at the NCDA last February 17, 2012.  Witnessing the awarding are Ms. Gina Dela Cruz, PAVIC President and Mr. Francis Choy, PAVIC Chairman of the Board of Trustee.  Other recipients of the Braille watches donated by Dr. Lur K. Pfau, a visually impaired lawyer from Switzerland and his wife Brigitte Ernest, are Angel Boo, Grade 5 student of Bambang Elementary School in Bocaue, Bulacan and Reynmerc Endac, a Grade 2 student from Commonwealth Elementary School.  

1st CBR World Congress

February 14, 2012

Greetings from the 1st CBR World Congress!


With great pleasure we announce that the REGISTRATION is Now Open for the 1st Community Based Rehabiliation (CBR) World Congress to be held on November 26-28, 2012 at Jaypee Palace Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra India.

The Registration fee details are as follows:

1. Early Bird registration: INR 10,600 (approx. USD200) Deadline: April 30, 2012

2. Regular Registration: INR 13,250 (approx. USD250)

For more details pls log on to

Should you need further assistance in registration, kindly write to or




NVRC Hosts Saori Weaving Workshop

February 5, 2012

Twenty one (21) trainees joined the 3-day Saori Weaving Workshop jointly held by the Natinal Council on Disability Affairs and the National Vocational Rehabilitation Center last December 12-14, 2011.  Saori is an art of weaving by hand  dedicated to free expression and self-development for everyone, regardless of physical or mental ability, age, or artistic aptitude. It is pure improvisation from the heart, with no premeditated pattern in mind. From the colourful woven material,  clothing, bags, tapestries, and many useful items that can be appreciated by all, can be created.


Ms. Rebecca M. Santos. Founder and Executive Director of Saori VSA Arts Philippines, with trainors Mr. Jowee Martinez and Mr. Sandy Ching (deaf trainor), taught the group composed of 12 deaf, 4 with orthopaedic disabilities and 5 dependents.  The enthusiastic group capped their training with a showcase of artistic talents expressed in their attractive woven products exhibited on the last day of the Workshop.


Trainees’ posterity shot with NCDA,     NVRC and VSA Arts Phil Officials

The NVRC officials thanked NCDA for choosing NVRC as project host which stands to usher in work opportunities for new Saori weavers.  With assurance of a market in Japan, this widens the limited work opportunities for people with cross-disabilities including those with visual problems.

With the Workshop’s success, NVRC Social Welfare Officer III Ms. Amor Macapanpan requested NCDA for a part 2.  Deputy Executive Director Mateo A. Lee, Jr. said that it is just a beginning of new opportunities for PWD entrepreneurs.


January 24, 2012

National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) Deputy Executive Director Mateo A. Lee, Jr. (3rd from left) presents a “PWD-Friendly Website Award” Certificate to Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Assistant Secretary Vilma B. Cabrera in recognition of the Department’s compliance to the Web Accessibility Standards set by the Philippine Website Accessibility Group represented by its President, Mr. Remberto I. Esposa, Jr. (Extreme Left) and the National Computer Center-Information and Communications Technology Office.  The ceremony, which also served as the launching of the DSWD’S PWD-Accessible Website was held last January 20, 2012 at its Central Office.  Others in photo include (from left to right) NCDA’s Project Evaluation Officer Reginaldo Tolentino, DSWD Officer-in-Charge of Management Information Systems Service Felino O. Castro V, and DSWD Webmaster Manuelito C. Bongabong.

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.

CALL FOR ENTRIES 2012 VSA International Young Soloists Award

January 12, 2012

Call for Entries for the 2012 VSA International Young Soloists Award is now live! For more details please click here

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