On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, NCDA promotes disability-inclusion and empowerment

November 27, 2020

On December 3 and 4, 2020, the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) lead to undertake the commitment in promoting advocacy and the rights of persons with disabilities through its programs and services and empower them to participate fully in decisions for their lives especially during this COVID-19 Pandemic.

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is celebrated worldwide on December 3 of every year pursuant to United Nations General Assembly Resolution 47/3 (1992) to remind the world to support the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities and to act for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of society and development.

This year’s theme dubbed as “Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 World”. It aims to promote understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. The annual theme focuses on how society can strive for inclusivity as a means of empowering persons with disability.

The Webinars will be conducted to present the topics on “Forum on Sexual and Reproductive Health for Persons with Disabilities”, “Webinar on Tertiary Education for Persons with Disabilities”, “Webinar on Smart TV Parenting dubbed as – Katuwang sa Mapanuring Panunuod”, “Sensitivity Awareness Seminar” and “Understanding the Universal Design in the Philippine Context”.

These Webinars are intended to all persons with disabilities, media personnels, doctors, therapist, parents, social workers, teachers, local service provides and duty bearers, among others. The Webinars will provide relevant information and knowledge on how persons with disabilities can fully empower their lives and everyday activities within their families, schools, and in their communities.

“This year’s IDPD objective seeks to increase awareness to political, social, welfare education, economic and cultural life. It also aims to understand and accept persons with disabilities and celebrate their achievements and contributions.”, Rojas said. Engr. Emerito L. Rojas is the Executive Director of the National Council on Disability Affairs.

Speakers for this Webinars are from the field neurodevelopmental, psychiatrist, architects, educators, parents and media personnels. The online weeklong activities can be viewed at the NCDA website www.ncda.gov.ph and/or facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/nationalcouncilondisabilityaffairs.

JEMELLEE P. AGUILAR

ncda.jemellee@gmail.com

EMERITO L. ROJAS
ncda.exec.director@gmail.com

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

November 20, 2020

“Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 World”

"Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 World"
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National Children’s month (November 2020)

November 2, 2020

"Sama-samang itaguyod ang Karapatan ng Bawat Bata sa Panahon ng Pandemya!"

National Children’s Month Schedule of Activities

“Sama-samang Itaguyod ang Karapatan ng Bawat Bata sa Panahon ng Pandemya!”

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NCDA lead the Virtual Training on Sports for Persons with Disabilities

October 11, 2020

Manila (October 8, 2020) – The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA)  lead to undertake  a  Virtual Training on Sports Coaching for Persons with Disabilities. This is a hand-on sports training to persons with disabilities with diverse conditions on different sports, such as athletics, ball games, Boccia including developmental and other games of adaptive sports.

It aims to harness the skills of persons with disabilities in the field of sports, especially at the grassroots level, in order to develop their potentials so that they can compete to local, national and international sports competitions and events, such as the Palarong Pambansa, Philippine National Games, Para Games and Paralympic Games.

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a legally binding international instrument that addresses the rights of persons with disabilities and sport.  Article 30 of the Convention addresses both mainstream and disability-specific sport and stipulates that “States Parties shall take appropriate measures to encourage and promote the participation, to the fullest extent possible, of persons with disabilities in mainstream sporting activities at all levels”. It also calls upon Governments, States party to the Convention, to ensure that persons with disabilities have access to sport and recreational venues — as spectators and as active participants.  This also requires that children with disabilities be included in physical education within the school system “to the fullest extent possible” and enjoy equal access to “play, recreation and leisure and sporting activities”.

The target participants for these training is school-based and community-based persons with disabilities including SPED and Physical Education teachers, and sports instructors, among others, from the local government unit. Participants may register in advance thru Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hYQeZhQ6QZqy009JjGxV0w and/or facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/nationalcouncilondisabilityaffairs

Speakers for this Webinars are from Philippine Sports Association for Differently-Abled, College of Human Kinetics – University of the Philippines and Philippine Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine.

According to NCDA Executive Director Rojas, “Through sport, persons with disabilities acquire vital social skills, develop independence, and become empowered to act as agents of change. Sport teaches individuals how to communicate effectively as well as the significance of teamwork and cooperation and respect for others.”

In the same event,  two (2) Webinars will be undertaken in National Capital Region (NCR) on October 13 and Region IV-A,  on November 18 of this year.

References:

https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/issues/disability-and-sports.html

JEMELLEE P. AGUILAR

Ncda.jemellee@gmail.com

EMERITO L. ROJAS

ncda.exec.director@gmail.com      

The NCDA leads the National ADHD Week Celebration

October 6, 2020

Manila, Philippines  (October 5, 2020) – The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA)  leads this year’s  National Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) celebration on October 16-22  pursuant to Proclamation No. 472 (2003) – “Declaring Every Third Week of October and Every Year Thereafter  as the “National Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder” directing ADHD Society Philippines to spearhead the celebration in partnership with  various government and nongovernment organizations and Persons with Disability Affairs Offices of the local government units.  

ADHD is a neuro-developmental disorder characterized by age-inappropriate impulsivity, inattention and in some cases hyperactivity. These people are mostly undiagnosed and may be experiencing difficulties and at times, serious problems, in their school and home environments.

This year’s theme dubbed as “Converse, Control, Connect”, it aims to rebuild connections through the use of social media and online means for the persons with ADHD to attend free seminars, classes and skills trainings.

According to Executive Director Emerito L. Rojas, who will grace the occasion,  Webinars  will be conducted to present  the topics on   “What is ADHD”,  “Parental Support and Guide for Parents and Carers of Children with ADHD”, “Checking the Mental Health of Persons with ADHD and their Families”, “Understanding Children with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities at An Early Age”,  “Supporting the Needs of Persons with ADHD in the Homefront”, “Understanding your ADHD Child’s World Home Setting” and Philippine Laws and Policies on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”  by  health and disability experts whose aims include among others,   (1) to determine the extent of prevalence of individuals with ADHD in the country and   to fully equip the parents and their families in dealing  with such conditions as well as the  proper management and care for persons with ADHD to  improve and strengthen their physical deficits, and (2) provide knowledge on how children and adults with ADHD can fully participate in life situations and everyday activities within their families and in the communities.

Expected participants are  doctors, therapists, parents, social workers, teachers, local service providers and duty bearers, among others. The online weeklong activities can be viewed at the NCDA website www.ncda.gov.ph and/or facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/nationalcouncilondisabilityaffairs.

Director Rojas also added“ADHD isn’t a deficit. Those who have been diagnosed with ADHD should celebrate it. The gift has its challenges — and we have to work around those challenges.”

Refences:

https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/facts.html#:~:text=ADHD%20is%20one%20of%20the,)%2C%20or%20be%20overly%20active.

JEMELLEE P. AGUILAR

ncda.jemellee@gmail.com

EMERITO L. ROJAS

ncda.exec.director@gmail.com

NCDA holds Disability Equality Training for Persons with Disability

October 5, 2020

Executive Director Emerito L. Rojas  of the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) takes the lead in holding  a “ Webinar on Disability Equality Training (DET) for Persons with Disabilities” to promote equal rights of persons with disabilities in the country  brought about the COVID-19 pandemic,   on October 7, 2020 in virtual platform via NCDA FB page.

Director Rojas says that “DET is a practical tool that will provide education on disability which primarily aims to change the  attitude of the society  in treating  persons with disabilities  with  just and  equal  and   inclusive towards their  full participation”.

Expected participants from Region 7,   include representatives of Persons with Disabilities Affairs Offices (PDAOs)  of local government units, Local Social Welfare Officers, members of the local legislative bodies (Sanggunians), local officials, advocates of persons with disabilities and civil society organizations, among others.  

They will be capacitated on the disability equality perspective focusing on the promotion and protection of the rights of persons with disabilities by the invited speakers from  the  Commission on Human Rights (CHR), NORFIL Foundation, Inc. and the Leonard Cheshire Disability Philippines Foundation (LCDPF), Inc. whose topics include the  “Protocols on Anti-Discrimination in the Attainment of Social Justice for Persons with Disabilities”  “Measures to Ensure the Rights of Children with Disabilities” and  “Perspective of Social Model of Disability”,  respectively.

In addition, Regional Director  Rebecca Gaemalaof the Department of Social Welfare and Development  (DSWD)  will grace the occasion and  give the keynote message during the DET Webinar. 

In the same event,  three (3) Webinars on DET will be undertaken in Regions 8 and 10 on November 12 and 24 of this year.  

Reference:

https://www.dinf.ne.jp/doc/english/asia/resource/apdrj/vol20_1/developmental-art2.html

JEMELLEE P. AGUILAR

ncda.jemellee@gmail.com

EMERITO L. ROJAS

ncda.exec.director@gmail.com

DOT Region V and NCDA hold Webinar to Sensitize Tourism Frontliners

September 29, 2020

The Department of Tourism-Regional Office V, and the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) will sensitize tourism frontliners on September 29 and 30, despite the blow of unpredicted blow to tourism sector brought about the COVID-19 Pandemic, and persons with disabilities being affected among the vulnerable groups.

Dubbed as “Webinar on How to Assist Persons with Disabilities for Tourism Frontliners During the COVID-19 Pandemic” it is aimed to ensure that tourists/guests are accorded proper assistance in tourism establishment and destination at the current pandemic situation towards the new normal system. Likewise, to equip and capacitate the tourism frontliners adequate knowledge and techniques of the right ways of assisting tourists/guests with limitation in mobility, hearing and seeing.  

A joint undertaking of DOT and NCDA,  it   started   sensitizing  tourism frontliners  around the country  since 2011    as   “Seminar on How to Assist Persons for Tourism Frontliners” to promote the DOT’s  “Tourism for All” policy    which  provides   guidelines for stakeholders on accessible tourism as provided for in the government’s National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) in order to  address the needs of  tourists with  disabilities. 

This initiative is an off-shoot of DOT Memorandum Circular No. 2011-14 issued on February 11, 2011 entitled “Adopting the Guidelines on the Grant of Special Discounts to Persons with Disabilities Pursuant to the Provisions of Republic Act No. 9442”   in response to Articles 9 and 30 of the UNCRPD  to the provision of “ACCESSIBLITY” which enables persons with disabilities to live independently  and participate fully in all aspects of life. Likewise, persons with disabilities can expect to participate fully and enjoy the same tourism activities at par with persons without disabilities.

Speakers from the Special Education Centers Teachers and Officials from the National Council on Disability Affairs will be discussing topics on “Making Tourism Establishment Barrier-Free” and “Key Mandates on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”, respectively.

The DOT and NCDA believe that during this time of pandemic no tourist/guest with disability should be left behind in participating and enjoying tourism activities. 

In the same event, three (3) Webinars will be undertaken in Region IV (CALABARZON) on October 15, Region I, on November 12, and National Capital Region, on December 4 of this year.

Refences:

http://www.tourism.gov.ph/NTDP.aspx

JEMELLEE P. AGUILAR

ncda.jemellee@gmail.com

EMERITO L. ROJAS

ncda.exec.director@gmail.com

DOT and NCDA hold Webinar on “Barrier Free Tourism Kaya Natin”

September 24, 2020

Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat of the Department of Tourism and Executive Director Emerito L. Rojas of the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) lead to undertake  a Webinar today (September 24) to promote Barrier-Free Tourism for persons with disabilities,  despite the unprecedented blow  to tourism sector brought about the COVID-19 Pandemic , and affecting persons with disabilities among the vulnerable groups.  

Dubbed as “Barrier-Free Tourism Kaya Natin” aims to encourage DOT-accredited tourism related establishments as well as tourism destinations to become more user friendly for persons with disabilities.

Barrier-Free Tourism (BFT) is used to categorized the travel needs of persons with disabilities so they can move freely and independently as mentioned in Articles 9 and 30 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities or UNCRPD stating a provision on “ACCESSIBLITY” which enables persons with disabilities to live independently independently and participate fully in all aspects of life. Likewise, persons with disabilities can expect to participate fully and enjoy the same tourism activities at par with persons without disabilities.

In support of these provisions, a policy on “Tourism for All” advocacy campaign of DOT was initiated    to provide policy guidelines for stakeholders on accessible tourism as provided for in the government’s National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) to address the needs of tourists with disabilities.   

Likewise, the issuance of Memorandum Circular No. 2011-14 on February 11, 2011 entitled “Adopting the Guidelines on the Grant of Special Discounts to Persons with Disabilities Pursuant to the Provisions of Republic Act No. 9442.” An Act Amending Republic Act No. 7277, Otherwise Known as the “Magna Carta for Disabled Persons and Other Purposes.”  Failure to comply with the grant of such benefits being stated in the said Guidelines is a “ground for the Review of its Accreditation of DOT’s Rules and Regulations on Accreditation without prejudice to said establishment’s liability.”

Speakers from the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP), Intramuros Administration, Resources for the Blind, as well as  Special Education Teachers and Officials  from  the National Council on Disability Affairs will  be discussing  topics on  “Making Tourism Establishments Barrier-Free, ” Key Mandates on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”  “Intramuros as a Model  Friendly Tourist Destination for Persons with Disabilities. 

Participants will be from the DOT-accredited establishments composed of hotels and restaurant managers, transport operators, security personnel of seaports and airports, farm tourism operators, and local tourism officers.

According to NCDA Director Rojas, “this Webinar aims to ensure that tourists and guests with disabilities are properly accorded proper assistance in tourism establishments at the current pandemic situation towards the new system.”

In a related development, DOT and NCDA have been partners  in undertaking Seminars on How to Assist Persons with Disabilities for Tourism Frontliners around the country  since it started in 2011  and continued its conduct in Regions V, IV (CALABARZON), III and National Capital Region this year.

References: http://hrlibrary.umn.edu/research/Philippines/RA%207277%20-%20Magna%20Carta%20of%20Disabled%20Persons.pdf

JEMELLEE P. AGUILAR

ncda.jemellee@gmail.com

ENGR. EMERITO L. ROJAS

ncda.exec.director@gmail.com

Webinar on “Tertiary Education Subsidy for Persons with Disabilities” culminates this Year’s Cerebral Palsy Awareness and Protection Week September 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

A Webinar on “Tertiary Education Subsidy for Persons with Disabilities” and “How the COVID 19 Pandemic will Change Higher Education” on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 will culminate this year’s Cerebral Palsy Awareness and Protection (CPAP) Week.

Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Officer-In-Charge – Executive Director for UNIFAST Atty. Ryan L. Estevez will serve as the main speaker for the said webinar who will talk on the “Unified Student Financial Assistance (UNIFAST) System for Tertiary Education.

Expected to be attended by persons with disabilities, most especially persons with cerebral palsy nationwide as well as program officers of different organizations handling programs and services for persons with disabilities, the Webinar will also be highlighted by the opening statement of National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) Executive Director Engr. Emerito L. Rojas and a message from Cerebral Palsied Association of the Philippines (CPAP), Inc. President, Mr. Antonio P. Ilagan.

The weeklong celebration now on its 17th year and adopts the theme “Ugnayan, Malasakit, at Paglingap sa Taong May Cerebral Palsy sa Panahon ng COVID-19 Pandemic,” also featured among others the following activities (1) Launching of Inclusive Risk Communication on COVID-19 Pandemic; (2) Webinar on the following: Cerebral Palsy, Health Guidelines To Reduce the Risk of COVID-19, including Awareness on Proper Use of Personal Protective Equipment, Physical Activities and Exercises Prescribed for Persons with Cerebral Palsy during the COVID-19 Pandemic  and Employment and Livelihood Program for Cerebral Palsy; (3) Support giving of art materials, books in USB type, and hygiene kits; (4)  Online Trade Skills Training for Persons with Cerebral Palsy, and (5) Online Talent Showcase of Outstanding Persons with Cerebral Palsy.

The online weeklong activities can be viewed at the NCDA website www.ncda.gov.ph and/or Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/nationalcouncilondisabilityaffairs.

According to NCDA Director Rojas, “the CPAP Week celebration aims to raise awareness and consciousness of persons with disability towards their empowerment and integration into the mainstream society and to provide persons with cerebral palsy and their family’s inclusive communication on risk management pertaining to COVID-19 pandemic to ensure their protection and safety.”

Director Rojas added that thousands of persons with disabilities, most especially persons with cerebral palsy and their families are expected to benefit from this year’s activities for the CPAP Week Celebration among others medically, socially and economically.

References:https://www.ncda.gov.ph/disability-laws/proclamations/proclamation-no-588/

JEMELLEE P. AGUILAR

ncda.jemellee@gmail.com

ENGR. EMERITO L. ROJAS

ncda.exec.director@gmail.com

Parenting Children with Disabilities in Mitigating the Harsh Impacts of COVID-19 (Region 6)

September 18, 2020

Webinar on Parenting Children with Disabilities in Mitigating the Harsh Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic (Region 6)

To register please sign-up using this link below

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bVCBH7bgTcqHzoxsHTH1gA?fbclid=IwAR2RfoTR57LUpfinRB66u19KyuVqS0CktaX–IYp5bIulFRmf0YPTt8ZiKA

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