Final Call – NCDA Logo Design Contest

October 28, 2019

Final call… (Deadline: October 30, 2019)

Are you a Filipino graphic artist or layout artist (with or without disabilities)? You might be interested to join the NCDA Logo Design Contest!

NCDA is looking for a new LOGO for its expansion facility, the Disability Resource and Development Center (DRDC). DRDC envisions to be a one-stop shop that will advance the rights of persons with disabilities to physical environment and information and communications technology (ICT).

Please see contest mechanics for details:

1. Open to all Filipinos with or without disabilities.
2. Contest Duration: July 17 to December 3, 2019.
3. Only one (1) entry per participant and entry is composed of
the following:
– Logo design (graphic – digital)
– Logo should be accompanied by a narrative description
of no more than 500 words with its elements and
4. Logo should reflect the theme: “Accessibility, Information
and Enablement of Persons with Disabilities”.
5. All entries should be submitted on or before October 30,
2019 at 12:00 Noon, together with the participant’s name,
address and contact numbers.
6. Entries should be in digital format and at least 600 dpi with
a file extension of .JPG and sent to,
with Subject Title: “DRDC Logo Design Contest”.
7. By joining the contest, participant declares that submitted
logo is his/her original work, any complaint that may arise
on the authenticity of work should be the responsibility of
the participant to prove the authenticity of the logo
submitted. All entries submitted shall be the property of
8. The logo making contest shall be judged by DRDC Core
Group, NCDA Officials based on the following criteria:
– Concept – 40%
– Visual Appeal / Impact – 30%
– Originality – 30%.
9. Winning entry shall be revealed during the International Day
of Persons with Disabilities in December 2019.
10. The winner shall be informed through registered mail,
email and telephone/mobile numbers from NCDA.
11. NCDA shall have the exclusive rights to the winning logo
design, and reserves the right to its use in official
correspondences and publications on any form of visual
media. NCDA reserves the right to further refine or make
improvements and changes on the final artwork of the
winning entry.
12. A cash prize of P10,000 and a Plaque of Appreciation
await the winning logo.

For further details, you may call the Technical Cooperation Division, National Council on Disability Affairs at 951-61-29 or email at

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Applications for thirteen vacancies of mandate holders to be appointed atthe 43rd session of the Human Rights Council

October 15, 2019

The Presidential Human Rights Committee Secretariat of the Office of the President is pleased to share the availability of vacancies of mandate holders to be appointed at the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council. As mandate holders, i.e., special rapporteurs, independent experts, working group members, their specific functions are defined in the UN Human Rights Council resolutions creating or extending their mandates. Please see list of said vacancies.

However, please take note that individuals holding decision-making positions in government or in any other organization or entity, which may give rise to conflict of interest with the responsibilities inherent to the mandate, are disqualified from applying.

For more information on the application and selection process, you may visit

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JUANA TALKS: Bakit Mahalaga ang Agenda ni Juana?

September 23, 2019

The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) will have its 18th Congress entitled “JUANA TALKS: Bakit Mahalaga ang Agenda ni Juana?” on September 26, 2019, Thursday, at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City. Highlight of the Congress would be the presentation-discussion on “Removing Gender Discrimination in the Legal Framework” and   “Call for Gender-Responsive Laws.”

The Commission will also be launching the Women’s Priority Legislative Agenda (WPLA); the WPLA is a set of proposed topics of bills that seeks to amend or repeal the discriminatory provisions of existing laws and seeks for the formulation and adoption of new legislations that promotes women’s empowerment and gender equality. For the WPLA launch, PCW is organizing TED TALKS highlighting the importance of women and gender-responsive legislation in the country.

Among the Women’s Priority Legislative Agenda for the 18th Congress include the:

  • Strengthening the Provisions of R.A. 8353: Amending the Anti-Rape Law
  • Repealing Adultery and Concubinage: Repealing the Revised Penal Code provisions on Adultery and Concubinage (Articles 333 and 334)
  • Ensuring Women’s Equal Rights in Marriage and Family Relations
  • Amending the Family Code Provision on Legal Separation
  • Enacting the Anti-Prostitution Law (Amending Articles 202 and 341 of the Revised Penal Code)
  • Upholding the Right to Life and Security of Spouses and Daughters by Repealing Article 247 of the Revised Penal Code
  • Enacting Women’s Political Participation and Representation Law
  • Enacting  the Ant-Discrimination based on Sexual Orientation and Gender  Identity Act
  • Adopting Divorce in the Family Code and
  • Enacting the Transitioning of Workers and Economic Units from the Informal to the Formal Economy

The National Council on Disability Affairs is calling the attention of the Philippine Commission on Women to include in all their legislation agenda the concerns of women with disabilities.

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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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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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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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