NCDA leads the nation in the observation of the World Autism Awareness Day

March 29, 2021

The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) leads the nation in celebrating the 14th World Autism Awareness Day according to Nations General Assembly (A/RES/62/139) declaring April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) every year to highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of persons with autism spectrum disorder so they can lead full meaningful lives as an integral part of the society.

This year’s world theme is “Inclusion in the Workplace: Challenges and Opportunities in a Post-Pandemic World”. The World Autism Awareness Day this year aims to bring individual autism organizations together for research, diagnosis, awareness, and treatment purpose. Although there’s no known cure for autism, there have been reports on the recovery of people with autism at their early age through early speech or behavioral interventions.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported in November 2019 that one in 160 children has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The report cited that ASD begins in childhood and tends to persist into adolescence and adulthood. While some people with ASD can live independently, others have severe disabilities and require life-long care and support. Evidence-based psychosocial interventions, such as behavioral treatment and parent skills training programs reduce communication difficulties and improve social behavior creating a positive impact on well-being and quality of life for persons with ASD.

It declares that interventions for people with ASD need to be accompanied by broader actions for making physical, social, and attitudinal environments more accessible, inclusive, and supportive. Worldwide, people with ASD are often subject to stigma, discrimination, and human rights violations. Globally, access to services and support for people with ASD is inadequate.

This global event will be celebrated in the Philippines on the 5th of April instead of April 2nd to give way for the observance of the Christian Good Friday. The theme adopted by the Philippines this year is “Empowerment and Equal Opportunity: Together we can create a kinder and inclusive world for Persons with Disabilities.”

NCDA Executive Director Emerito L. Rojas announced that a virtual celebration on April 5th entitled “Webinars on Mainstreaming Persons with Autism in an Inclusive Society”. Topics to be discussed are 1. Myths and Facts About Autism Spectrum 2. Coping Anxiety Among Persons with Autism During the COVID-19 Pandemic 3. DOLE’s Integrated Livelihood Program for Persons with Disabilities and 4. Livelihood Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities.

Dr. Erlinda Borromeo, founding President of Autism Hearts Foundation based in San Francisco, California, USA, will join our invited distinguished resource persons to speak on the global overview of ASD.

The Philippine Association for Citizens with Learning and Developmental Disabilities (PACDLD) will lead the awarding of Autism Advocates at the Gateway Gallery in Araneta Center, Quezon City, where ten (10) staunch advocates of persons with autism will be recognized. They are the sterling pillars of autism in the Philippines who relentlessly supported persons with autism and their families.
In the dusk of this global event, the J. Amado Araneta Foundation together with Araneta City, Inc., will lead the Light-It-Up Blue (LIUB) ceremony by lighting with blue light the Araneta Coliseum’s facade. LIUB is a campaign initiated by Autism Speaks which encourages owners of iconic landmarks, skyscrapers, and homes around the world light up blue lights on April 2. Autism Speaks is a US-based non-government organization that promotes global support for persons with autism.
“On World Autism Awareness Day, the persons with autism must be taken into consideration in the formulation of policies and actions to counter the COVID-19 pandemic”, Rojas exclaimed.

“Let us work together in ensuring that policies to counter Covid-19 must likewise be responsive to the concerns of all persons with disabilities”, Rojas added.




The Nation celebrates the 17th Women with Disabilities Day

March 29, 2021

The nation celebrates the 17th Women with Disabilities Day according to Proclamation No. 744 issued on December 6, 2004, entitled “Declaring the Last Monday of March of Every Year as Women with Disabilities Day”.

The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) and Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) are both mandated to spearhead the celebration together with other agencies and organizations of women with disabilities.

This year’s theme “Women’s with Disabilities in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World” with Filipino translation “Kababaihang Maykapansanan sa Larangan ng Pamumuno: Pagkamit ng Pantay na Kinabukasan sa Mundong May COVID-19”. The theme emphasizes the role of women with disabilities in shaping the new normal with high hopes and expectations in their capability as leaders in ensuring the future post-COVID pandemic world.

Several webinars were prepared to focus on the challenges and solutions of women with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics will focus specifically on health, education, livelihood and employment, and gender and development equality. Among the topics of the virtual forums will cover specifically 1. Promoting Accessibility of Women with Disabilities in Public Establishments: Guidelines and Techniques; 2. COVID-19 and Gender Equality for Women with Disabilities; 3. Coping Abuses and Violence Against Women with Disabilities During COVID-19 Pandemic; 4. Pathways to Education for Women with Disabilities in Higher Education; 5. Disability Inclusion of Women with Disabilities in COVID-19 Responses in World of Work; and 6. Understanding Sexual and Reproductive Health of Women with Disabilities: Importance and Benefits.

Honorable Maria Lourdes T. Arroyo, Chairperson of Special Committee on Persons with Disabilities, Lower House, and Honorable Maria Lourdes Acosta-Alba, Chairperson of the Committee on Women and Gender Equality, shall lead the celebration in the March 29th webinar. They will be joined by Executive Director Emerito L. Rojas of the National Council on Disability Affairs.

The Day’s celebration is an avenue to highlight women with disabilities’ achievements and discussion of emerging issues on gender equality, sexual and reproductive health rights, public governance, education, and employment, among others.

As aptly stated by Director Emerito L. Rojas, “NCDA will continue its efforts in empowering Persons with Disabilities through responsive plans, programs, and services for the sector”.
However, in his final statement, Rojas added urged all women with disabilities to stand up and take up the challenge of leadership in rebuilding the post-Covid-19 era.

“I call on all women with disabilities to take the challenge of taking the lead in empowering more women with disabilities and be part of re-building the Nation. Let us all join hands in realizing that goal for the betterment of the sector in the post-Covid world”, Rojas concluded.





March 18, 2021

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NCDA will be closed from March 13 – 22, 2021 due to sanitation and disinfection of the NCDA building and premises in the light of the upsurge COVID 19 cases. Our staff are all on Work from Home status and may be contacted through their usual mobile devices.

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Our office shall resume physical operations on March 23, 2021.


Letters We Love To Get

March 5, 2021

Responsive To Your Needs
We are inspired to do better for the sector of persons
with disabilities when we are able to respond to their call.
Send your suggestions, queries, and complaints to
Rest assured our reliable staff will respond aptly with enthusiasm.


From: Mr. Mon C.

Dated February 24, 2021

Good Afternoon Hon. Exec. Director!

Allow me please to extend my sincere thanks for your kind and favorable endorsement of my factual complaint against QCGHMC, its officers, billing personnel and doctor specialist based on what I have actually experienced during my hospital confinement in said institution.
Hoping that something positive will come out of my complaint so hospital systems and operations may be adjusted accordingly. Also, they still owe me about Php6,000++ for the remaining PWD Discount due to my person. Thank you.
Respectfully yours,
Mon C.

From: Mr. Rodrigo C. J.

Dated February 25, 2021

Dear Sir/Ma’am:
My PWD sister, Rowena and I would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to your good office for the referral letter. We appreciate your good office’s effort and hard work in ensuring that the rights of Persons with Disabilities are safeguarded by our existing laws.
Thank you once again.
Very truly yours,
Rodrigo Cruz J.

From: Ms. Myra D.

Dated March 3, 2021

I would like to extend my sincere thanks to your office for your attention to my inquiry.
Please know that my application for the PWD-ID has been approved on the basis of your clarification and the same has opened the minds of the local health office on the provisions of the covering law thereto.
Kudos to your office!
Best regards,
Myra G. D.

NCDA’s Direction for All Approach to Empower Persons with Disability

February 4, 2021

QUEZON CITY, February 2, 2021 – The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) remains true to its mandate of empowering persons with disabilities as well as its commitment to protect and promote the rights of Filipinos with disability despite various challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the number of disasters that hit the country.

According to NCDA Executive Director Emerito L. Rojas, in its efforts to continue for the empowerment of Filipinos with disability, he will be focus on the Direction For All approach. This approach will achieve the ultimate goal for persons with disabilities thru one sector – one direction approach comprise of sectors of Regional Committee on Disability Affairs (RCDAs), Local Government Units LGUs), Persons with Disability (PWDs), and Persons with Disability Affairs Offices (PDAOs). They will collaborate with NCDA, the lead agency to the new responsive direction for 2021 focusing on (1) Employment and Livelihood; (2) Disability Data Management; and (3) Education programs. They will work jointly on the (a) Policy Formulation and National Agencies’ Priorities; (b) Regional Policy Adoption and Implementation; and (c) Policy implementation of programs, projects and services.

In his statement, to identify policy gaps and challenges in the implementation, reviews on selected laws on disability will be conducted on the (1) Batas Pambansa Blg. 344 otherwise known as the “Accessibility Law” by expanding a provision on the accessibility to persons with visual and communication disabilities; (2) Republic Act 10524 (1% of all positions in all government reserved for Persons with Disabilities); and (3) Executive Order no. 417 titled as “Economic Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.”

Further, a monitoring on the Implementation of RA No. 10070 or the PDAO Law will also be undertaken on the (a) Establishment and operations of PDAO; (b) Capacity building for PDAO heads and Focal Persons on Disability; and (c) Organizing the National League of PDAOs.

Moreover, the Disability Data Management through the Philippine Registry for Persons with Disability (PRPWD) headed by the Department of Health (DOH), allows the Council, to manage the number of persons with disabilities in the country, and to spot the PWD fake ID creation/issuance. (Management thinker Peter Drucker is often quoted as saying that “you can’t manage what you can’t measure.” Drucker means that you can’t know whether or not you are successful unless success is defined and tracked.) With a clearly established metric system, it will be easy to quantify the number of persons with disabilities and their location for easy monitoring.

Meanwhile, all advocacy activities of the NCDA are conducted in virtual meetings, zoom, webinars and in facebook live. According to Director Rojas, he is expanding more of his advocacy through emerging technologies in the new normal, such as, (a) E-Library system; (b) Online Radio Broadcast (Youtube, Twitter, Facebook live); (c) Video Clip Production; and (e) Memes/Infographic Development. In this way, he said NCDA can be reachable and accessible around the country and the world.

In his final statement, Director Rojas expressed his gratitude to RCDAs, PWDs, PDAOs, LGUs and other stakeholders for their commitment and continuous support and collaboration with the NCDA to promote the rights for persons with disabilities.



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 personnel, 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 personnel. The online weeklong activities can be viewed at the NCDA website and/or facebook page:



International Day of Persons with Disabilities

November 20, 2020

“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!"
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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: and/or facebook page:

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.




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 and/or facebook page:

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.”




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