A gathering of persons with disability leaders and duty bearers nationwide to discuss and resolve issues of concerns with highlights on the role of PWD organizations and civil society in monitoring the implementation of the UN CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES. Host agency is the National Council on Disability Affairs.


DAY ONE – September 24, 2009

10:30 – 12:00 – PLENARY SESSION

Journeying the Summit – Hon. Maria Lourdes T. Baua
Assistant Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry

History and Basis of the Summit – Mr. Jerome Zayas, Consultant, Overall Facilitator, NDS

State of Practice in Disability and Development
* Mainstreaming Disability in Development – Global Perspectives
– Mr. Titon Mitra, Minister Counsellor Australian Agency for International Development
* Regional Perspectives
– Mr. Rainer Guetler, Regional Director, Christian Blind Mission
* Private Sector Initiatives on Inclusive Development
– Engr. Blen Mateo, Chairperson, SM Supermalls Committee on Disability Affairs

1:00 – 2:00 –

* Advocating Accessibility, Inclusion and NCDA’s Role
– Ms. Geraldine Ruiz, Executive Director, NCDA
* Harmonizing Philippine Policy with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
– Mr. Mateo A. Lee Jr., Deputy Executive Director, NCDA

Synthesis on the State of Practice in Disability & Development
– Mr. Rolando Talampas

Briefing on the Objectives and Mechanics of the Parallel Sessions
– Mr. Jerome Zayas


1. HEALTH – “Perspectives on Disability and Health”
* Regional Perspectives on Disability and Health
– Dr. John Jlllard Go, National Professional Officer for Non-Communicable Diseas for WHO Philippines
* Disability and Public Health
– Dr. Yolanda Oliveros, Director National Center for Disease and Control, Department of Health
* Disability and Health Financing
– Atty. Angelito Grande, Vice President, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation

2. INCLUSIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT – “Employment and Livelihood in the Philippines”
* Disability and Econmic Development
– Ms. Cleofe Pastrana, Assistant Director, Social Development Staff, NEDA
* National Situationer on Employment of PWDs
– Ms. Maria Criselda R. Sy, Director, Bureau of Local Employment – Department of Labor and Employment
* Livelihood Opportunities for PWD Entrepreneurs
– Hon. Maria Lourdes T. Baua, Assistant Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry
* Disability and Livelihood in the Philippines Perspective from a DPO Cooperative
– Mr. Rommel Abuyen, Accountant, National Federation of Cooperatives of Persons with Disabilities

3. EDUCATION – “Inclusive Education: Trends and Challenges”
* State of Practice in Special Education, Trends and Challenges in the Philippines
– Ms. Chit Singayan, OIC – SPED, Department of Education
* Linking Informal Education to Livelihood, Opportunities for Persons With Disabilities
– Ms. Rosalinda B. Talavera – Chief, Programs Development Division – Regional Coordination Office, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)
* Private Sector Perspective in Inclusive Education
– Bro. Armin A. Luistro, FSC, President & Chancellor, De La Salle University, Manila

4. ACCESSIBILITY – “Accessibility and Public Facilities”
* Sound Practices in Making Public Transportation Accessible
– Arch. Rizal C. Morales, Senior Transport Officer, Department of Transportation and Communication
* State of Practice in Accessibility of Public Infrastructure
– Arch. Emmanuel Cuntapay, Executive Director, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)
* Building a Non-Handicapping Environment
– Concept and Application, Arch. Jaime Silva, UAP Committee on Accessibility
– NHE Project in Partnership Between NCDA and JICA, Mr. Daisuke Sagiya, JICA Representative

5:30 – 6:00

Synthesis: Parallel Session Discussions

Announcements for Dinner and Fellowship Night

7:00 onwards Part I: Formal Launching of the Registry of Persons with Disabilities