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, or contact the scholarships secretariat at telephone number (+632) 638-9686 or through email address

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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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Philippines Acceded to the Marrakesh Treaty

December 22, 2018

President RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE signed the accession of the Philippines to the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled last 12 November 2018.

See full text of the instrument of accession

See signed copy of the the instrument of accession

On the other hand, Ambassador Evan P. Garcia, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva, deposited the instrument of accession to the World Intellectual Property Organization.


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December 6, 2018

The National Council on Disability Affairs Officer-in-Charge, Carmen R. Zubiaga recently presented its current initiatives to promote inclusiveness of children with disabilities.

Speaking before a hundred children, parents and caregivers who participated in the “Cavite Provincial Children’s Conference” organized by the Cavite Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office and the Cavite Provincial Council for the Protection of Children in celebration of the 26th National Children’s Month, OIC Zubiaga talked on disability, inclusion, and politically correct terminologies that should be used in dealing with persons with disabilities. The event was held on November 28, 2018 at the Tanza Oasis Resort and Hotel in Tanza, Cavite.

OIC Carmen Zubiaga engaging with the only blind  participant, Allen (in black jacket),  and his buddy Dan who learned how to assist person with disability.

OIC Carmen Zubiaga engaging with the only blind participant, Allen (in black jacket), and his buddy Dan who learned how to assist person with disability.

In her Interaction with the children, OIC Zubiaga learned their ideas about discrimination and the way to properly assist their classmates with disabilities. She was amazed on the insights and opinions of the children and how easily and mindfully put into practice what they have learned from the conversations.

OIC Zubiaga with the participants

OIC Zubiaga with the participants

A separate session with the parents and caregivers of children with disabilities was also held to further promote the United Nationals Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities or UNCRPD, specifically Articles 3 and 7 emphasizing the respect for the evolving capacities of children with disabilities and respect for the rights of children with disabilities to preserve their identities, respectively.

OIC Zubiaga engaging with the participants

OIC Zubiaga engaging with the participants

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NCDA, Province of Bulacan and partners conduct Sports Clinic for Persons with Disabilities

November 12, 2018

CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan — Through the initiative of the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), the Provincial Government of Bulacan, Philippine Sports Association for Differently-Abled (Philspada), Philippine Association for Citizens with Developmental and Learning Disabilities, Inc. (PACDLD) and Badminton World Federation-Shuttle Time conducted the 2-day activity dubbed as “Sports and Physical Activities for Persons with Disabilities” held at the Bulacan Sports Complex last November 5-6, 2018.

Around 70 persons with disabilities and focal persons of persons with disabilities in the different cities and municipalities of Bulacan were given seminar-lectures on how to play athletics, badminton, boccia and bocce sports. They also are given hands-on training on these sporting events. For athletic sports, the training was facilitated in by Mr. Joel Deriada, Mr. Ernie Candelario, Mr. Bernard Buen from Philspada. On the other, the Boccia and Bocce sports was handled by Mr. Marangal Gonzales, also from Philspada. The badminton sport was handled by Mr. Ian Gil Piencenaves and Mr. Glenn Sabio of BWF.

One of the highlights of the event was the signing of Manifesto of Commitment between NCDA, Provincial Government of Bulacan, Philspada and Badminton World Federation-Shuttle Time. These agencies and local government unit will work closely for the realization of the following: (1) boost sports development in schools and communities for persons with disabilities; (2) create an inclusive environment and infrastructure for sporting excellence; (3) support and empower persons with disabilities as they compete in different provincial, regional, national and international sporting events; and (4) allocate funds for the different sports development projects and programs for persons with disabilities. ###

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October 2, 2018

Photo shows the Prof. Ayanna Howard of the School of Inter-Active Computing in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, with some officials of the American Center Manila/US Embassy, NCDA, students, professionals, teachers, researchers, DPOs and leaders with disabilities during the Forum on Human Centered Robotics held at the American Center Manila.


      The National Council on Disability Affairs participated in fora featuring  human-centered robotics and technology.  Hosted by the American Center Manila and SM Cares, the Fora entitled “Forum on Human Centered Robotics” and “Robots for Helping the Human World” were held at the US Embassy in the Philippines and SM Mall of Asia on  September 6 and 7, 2018, respectively    Both fora have Prof. Ayanna Howard of the School of Inter-Active Computing in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology as the Keynote Speaker.  The events which were participated by students, professionals, teachers,  researchers, disabled people’s organizations and leaders with disabilities, provided venues to discuss how technology can increase the quality of lives of persons with disabilities and facilitated the exchange of ideas about ways to promote technological innovations that can improve accessibility and inclusiveness for persons with disabilities and other similar needs.

In her talk, Prof. Howard discussed how working with people results to developing robots and gamefield technologies to support the special needs of children with disabilities. She also talked on science-driven robotics, robot-assisted therapy system and tablet-based therapy games, among others. She also reported that a list of applications for different types of disabilities could be availed of at the google play.

NCDA Officer-in-Charge Carmen R. Zubiaga in her message during the Fora challenged students and professionals who are already developing assistive technology to do robots  which could do sign language, and assist persons with disabilities such as deaf and people with autism. She said that persons with disabilities  who also live diversity also need quality life. Director Zubiaga pointed out that coordination with the government including professionals who develop assistive devices could bridge the gap between the technology and the market to make robots commercially








Relevantly, the SM Management committed to support the undertaking by making the technology available in SM malls once it is fully developed.

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