41st National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week Celebration Schedule

July 9, 2019

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NCDA, DICT holds ICT 2019 Challenge for Youth with Disabilities

July 8, 2019

“2019 NITC Winners”
“2019 NITC Winners”

Now on its fifth year, the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) and the Department of Information, Communication Technology (DICT) hold its National PWD IT Competition recently at the DICT Campus, Valenzuela City. This is in preparation for the upcoming 2019 Global IT Challenge (GITC) for Youth with Disabilities that will be held on November 25-29 this year in Busan, South Korea.

GITC is a capacity building project that helps youth with disabilities to overcome their limitations and challenge themselves for a better future by providing them with access to ICT and related experiences by improving their abilities to leverage information and social participation.

The competition will select national champions in four (4) type of disabilities namely: (1) communication (hearing), (2) learning/intellectual, (3) orthopedic/physical, and (4) visual disability on selected work categories such as eTool Challenge and eLife Map Challenge.                             In the eTool Challenge, contestants will utilize MS Office skill efficiently at work or school, while eTool tests contestant’s ability to respond to a specific situation through Web Searching.

The competition was participated in by 39 students from13 schools in NCR, Regions IV-A and V. These schools were Philippine School for the Deaf, Philippine National School for the Blind, Signal Village National High School, Quirino High School, Valenzuela National High School, Manila High School, Miriam College, Taguig Integrated School, APEC School, Athen’s Academy, Carmona National High School in Cavite, and Mayon Institute of Science and Technology in Ligao, Albay.

In a message delivered by Director Aida Yuvienco of DICT-Management Information System Service (MISS) she highlighted that ICT has become an integral part of everyday life for many people.   “For persons with disabilities, it bridges the disability divide though the use of digital technologies,” she said.

She also mentioned some government initiatives that focus on ICT such as Tech4ED that establishes eCenters in rural areas for easy access by persons with disabilities, Rural Impact Sourcing that provides online freelancing jobs, and ICT training and workshops conducted by DICT will help our persons with disabilities find jobs and acquired skills to make them more productive in life.  

The winners of this year were:

  • Communication Disability Category – Karl Francis N. Du (Manila High School)
  • Orthopedic/Physical Disability – Ace Benedict C. Dayto (Gen. Pio del Category                                                                         Pilar National High School)
  • Learning Disability Category – Keith Rafael T. Ignacio (Valenzuela National High School)
  • For Visual Disability Category – Florence Jaime Fernandez (Valenzuela National High School)

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June 6, 2019

OIC Carmen R. Zubiaga of the NCDA during the DSWD
2019 Mid-Year NMDC  



DSWD Secretary and NCDA Chairperson, Rolando Joselito Bautista
leads  the conduct of the Conference.  

       During the recent 2019 DSWD Mid-Year NMDC held at The Farm, Koronadal City, NCDA Officer-in-Charge, Director Carmen R. Zubiaga pointed out to the DSWD led by its Secretary and NCDA Chairperson, Rolando Joselito D. Bautista the need to review the implementation of RA No. 10070 within three (3) years after its effectivity last April 6, 2010.  The law provides the creation of “Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO)” in every province, city and  first (1st), second (2nd) and third (3rd) class municipalities, and the designation of  Focal Person who shall perform the functions of PDAO in the fourth (4th), fifth (5th) and sixth (6th) class municipalities.  She enjoined DSWD to convene the concerned agencies to review the implementation of the law and come up with recommendations for its amendment if necessary, and to allocate budget for capacity building of PDAO thru NCDA.

        OIC Zubiaga also underscored the provisions of the Magna Carta for Persons with Disabilities (RA No. 7277) that the national government should ensure that annual budget for the provision of disability-related programs, support services and auxiliary social services  for the sector of persons with disabilities are provided. Thus, she pointed out the need for DSWD to provide funds for assistive devices and specialty medical intervention for persons with disabilities.  She further enjoined the Department to facilitate the orientation and training of all PWD focal persons and frontline staff of Crisis Intervention Unit (CIU) on disability awareness and sensitivity to effectively respond in providing human rights-based services for persons with disabilities.

      OIC Zubiaga also met with the Region XII Federation of Persons with Disabilities which is now engaged with livelihood projects with the full support from the Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Trade and Industry, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and  DSWD.

Region XII PWD Federation confers with NCDA OIC Carmen Zubiaga
their livelihood projects.  

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NCDA supports 11th VISTA Games

April 15, 2019

Child participant with Kapuso actor Rocco Nacino

Around 300 blind and visually impaired student-athletes from 43 elementary, Special Education and high schools from the National Capital Region, Regions 1, 2, 3, and 4-A participated in the 11th Visually Impaired Sports and Training Advocacy (VISTA) Games recently held at the Marikina Sports Center.   It was organized by Parent Advocates of Visually Impaired Children (PAVIC) as an avenue where these children are honed of their sports prowess, build sportsmanship and camaraderie among and between themselves.

These children competed in various sports events that include track and field, swimming, adaptive table tennis, chess, goalball, and other fun games. The games were officiated in by technical officials from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines College of Human Kinetics.   

Kapuso actor Rocco Nacino supported the sports event.   Also present during the event were Mr. Ruben Torres, President of PAVIC, Mr. Gil Flores, Head of Marikina Persons with Disability Affairs Office, Police Director Eliseo Dela Paz (Ret.), Chairman of 2019 VISTA Games, Ms. Kathy Diza of the Department of Education, and Ms. Maripres Pascua, Dean of Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP)-College of Human Kinetics.

Blind students participated in the different sporting events of the VISTA Games

After the Games, the organizer – PAVIC, announced the results, as follows:

For elementary level

  • 1st place – Paaralang Pag-ibig at Pag-asa, San Pablo City, Laguna (Champion for three consecutive years)
  • 2nd place– Philippine National School for the Blind, Pasay City
  • 3rd place– Angeles City SPED Center, Angeles City

For high school level

  • 1st place – Quirino High School, Quezon City, Metro Manila
  • 2nd place – Arellano University -A. Mabini High School, Manila
  • 3rd place – City of Batac National High School, Poblacion, Ilocos Norte

In his closing message, Mr. Torres acknowledged and thanked the support of its partners and major sponsors to make this event a success.  These sponsors include the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), Department of Education (DepEd), Resources for the Blind, Inc. (RBI), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), PNP-NCRPO, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation (FPPFI), PUP, SM Cares, Perkins International, Jollibee Foods Corp., and the City Government of Marikina, among others. ###

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Paralym Art World Cup 2018 Competition for Artists with Disabilities

April 11, 2019

Winning artworks of Vico Francesco Cham (left) and Carlo Gregorio Veluz (right) to the Paralym Art World Contest 2018
Winning artworks of Vico Francesco Cham (left) and Carlo Gregorio Veluz (right) to the Paralym Art World Contest 2018

The Paralym Art World Cup Organizing Committee recognized the artworks made by persons with autism in the Philippines during the Paralym Art World Contest 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.

The artworks of Victor Francesco C. Cham entitled “Sinulog” and Carlo Gregorio M. Veluz entitled “Roads to the Festival” were given the Top 2 highest scores for the Philippines and were presented in the art exhibition in Tokyo last August 27, 2018.  Both paintings were cited as 2 of the World’s Best Artworks for 2018.

Paralym Art is a first-ever international competition where persons with disabilities around the world can show their artistic talents through arts. The chosen theme for the competition is “Festivals.”  

The Paralym Art World Cup 2018 is a prelude to the much-awaited Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020 which serves as inspiration for the athletes competing in these sports events.  ###

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Application for Australia Awards is Now Open!

March 20, 2019

The Australia Awards Postgraduate Scholarship is now accepting applications until 30 April 2019 and it is open to all citizens regardless of gender, ethnicity and disability. The scholarship program allows Filipino to experience world-class education at Australia’s premier universities.

They welcome applications from individuals who have the potential to contribute to the following priority areas:

1) Trade and economics;
2) Infrastructure and smart cities;
3) Digital economy;
4) Peace and development;
5) Education;
6) Governance and public policy, including civil society and media;
7) Natural resource management, including mining and energy; and
8) Humanitarian and disaster risk management.

For further inquiries, you may check their website at https://www.australiaawardsphilippines.org/, or contact the scholarships secretariat at telephone number (+632) 638-9686 or through email address secretariat@australiaawardsphilippines.org.


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NCDA, Philspada holds Women’s Wheelchair Basketball tryout

March 7, 2019

The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) together with the Philippine Sports Association for the Differently-Abled (Philspada) recently held a national tryout for Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team at the Philippine Sports Arena in Pasig City.

Six (6) women with disabilities participated in the tryout pool conducted by head coaches for men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball Vernon Perea and John Rey Escalante of Philspada. These women include Patricia Camille Castro of Quezon City, Jean Delos Reyes of Las Piñas City, Leah Broqueza of San Pedro, Laguna and Kimberlee Dangayo, Cendy Asusano and Cecilia Nacero of Tahanang Walang Hagdanan.

The trainees were introduced to wheelchair basketball, lectures and hands-on training on the proper warm-up drills, handling the ball, passing, dribbling, shooting and other basic techniques in wheelchair basketball.

“We are hoping to form a competitive national team for women’s wheelchair basketball this year in time for the forthcoming international tournaments,” Perea said.

The 2019 Women’s U 25 Wheelchair World Championships are slated on May 22-30 in Suphandburi, Thailand.

Perea added that the Philippines will be hosting the 10th ASEAN Para Games in January 2020. The wheelchair basketball is included in the 22 sports in the ASEAN Para Games. Other sports include archery, athletics, badminton, boccia, cycling, football five-a-side, football seven-a-side, goal balljudo, power lifting, sailing shooting, swimming, tenpin bowling, table tennis, volley-sitting, wheelchair dance sport wheelchair fencing, wheelchair rugby, and wheelchair tennis.

The Philippines last hosted the ASEAN Para Games in 2015, with the country finishing sixth in the medal standings with 19 gold medals. It is a biannual multi-sports event held after every Southeast Asian Games involving athletes with disabilities from 11 Southeast Asia countries.

Rizalio Sanchez, Chief of Information, Education and Communications Division of NCDA who also organize the wheelchair basketball tryout stressed the commitment of the agency to promote sports for persons with disabilities, especially at the grassroots in order to develop more potential national Para-athletes who would represent the country in various international sports competitions. “We will continue to support this kind of activity to invite more women with disabilities to be involved in sports,” he stated. ###

 Hands-on training on the proper warm up drills, handling the ball, passing, dribbling, shooting and other basic techniques in wheelchair basketball

Hands-on training on the proper warm up drills, handling the ball, passing, dribbling, shooting and other basic techniques in wheelchair basketball

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Feedback Report of Attendance to the Turnover of Wheelchairs by the Knights of Columbus’ Global Wheelchair Mission (GWM)

February 13, 2019

Feedback Report of Attendance to the Turnover of Wheelchairs by the Knights of Columbus’ Global Wheelchair Mission (GWM) to its Beneficiaries held at the Parish of Our Lord of Divine Mercy, Sikatuna Village, Diliman, Quezon City on January 26, 2019

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January 18, 2019

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