Youth Ambassadors Rocel and Jene Boy Start ‘AFS Year’ In America

September 4, 2012


             2 Pinoy Scholars eagerly begin their Life-changing Year in Washington D.C.  Rocel Sison of the Philippine National School for the Blind and Jene Boy Deculing of Isabela school for the Deaf, join exchange students from all over the world on their orientation prior to placements for 1 year, in respective schools and foster families in California and Arizona.

NCDA-AFS Intercultural Philippines ‘Maleta’ Turnover. Executive Director Carmen Reyes-Zubiaga and DED Matt Lee, Jr. with Americal Field Service – Intercultural Programs Philippines (AFS-IPP) Volunteer Development Manager Beth Eduave, turn over traditional token suitcases to the young scholars joined by their parents, mentors,returning scholars and Council staff.


This joint project of the NCDA, AFS-IPP and the U.S. Government, gives 2-3 scholarship slots for PWDs out of 40, every year.  As the local government’s pitch for disability-inclusive education called for in the “UN-Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”, this also aims to groom future PWD leaders/rights advocates in the country.  Rocel and Jene Boy, now students in California and Arizona respectively, will make a total of 17, fielded since 2004, and are now making indelible marks in their studies and careers.  For those interested to apply, please check out


Announcement of Qualified Applicants Applying for the AFS KL-YES Scholarship

August 17, 2011

The National Council on Disability Affairs is pleased to announce the qualified applicants who will be invited to the Final Screening for the American Field Service KL-YES Scholarship Program on August 23, 2011 at 9AM to be held at the Board Room of the NCDA Building, Isidora St. Brgy Holy Spirit Quezon City, Philippines.

The qualified applicants for the AFS KL-YES Program are:

1.       Michael Gess A. Abrenica Jr.          Philippine School for the Deaf

2.       Mari Beatrix D. Domingo                  Quirino High School

3.       Mary Ann M. Tiama                           Quirino High School

4.       Jomarie P. Canares                          Philippine National School for the Blind

5.       Rocel G. Sison                                   Philippine National School for the Blind

6.       Veronica Mae M. Del Rosario         Manila High School

7.       Aeron Pornela  Gonowon                Manila High School

8.       Enri Rose D. Parole                          Manila High School

9.       Jene Boy De Culing                            Isabela School for the Deaf

The whole day Screening will be held in 3 parts; 1.) Briefing on the Program and Mechanics 2.) Individual Interview, and 3.) Group Discussion.

The applicants are requested to contact the NCDA office at tel no. 9516129 and look for Mr. Reggie Tolentino or Ms. Precious Horvidalla to confirm their attendance to the said screening and receive further instructions.