2013 National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week

July 17-23, 2013

 Project Brief



For too long, inclusion and involvement of people with disabilities have not been the core concerns of any country’s development efforts.  However, redressing this omission through more inclusive development practices will help to achieve better equity for people with disabilities.

The goal of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (uncrpd) and the Incheon Strategy to Make the Right Real for persons with disabilities in Asia and the Pacific is the realization of a “society for all.”   An inclusive society for all  accommodates diversity of people, their needs, abilities and aspirations.  It is a society that creates an enabling environment where all persons with or without disability realize their basic rights and fundamental freedoms and live a meaningful life

The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) being the focal point of the government on disability concerns plays a big role in promoting and sustaining the efforts along this line.


To strengthen the advocacy efforts in promoting the rights of persons with disabilities is one of the strategies adopted by NCDA to increase public awareness.




As a State policy enshrined in Proclamation No. 1870 (1979), as amended by Proclamation No. 361 (2000) and Administrative Order No. 35 (2002), the NDPR Week is being commemorated annually every July 17-23, that aims primarily to stimulate public awareness on the issues and problems of disability, thereby encouraging every citizen of the country to take active responsibility in the upliftment of the economic and social conditions of PWDs of our society. It culminates on the birthdate of Apolinario Mabini, the “Sublime Paralytic,” whose bravery and heroic acts during the Philippine Revolution of 1896 has greatly influenced his compatriots in fighting against the Spanish colonization.


The NDPR Week celebration has involved the government and the private sectors, the   civil society organizations and the sector of persons with disabilities.


Administrative Order No. 35 was issued on May 3, 2002 by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo directing “all heads of departments, bureaus, agencies, government-owned and/or controlled corporations (GOCCs), State universities/Colleges and schools, and other government agencies/instrumentalities to promote and conduct relevant activities in the annual celebration of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week…”.  Moreover, it requires the mass media and the entire citizenry to extend their wholehearted support and cooperation by conducting specific programs for the celebration.   Most significantly, the Administrative Order directs all government agencies to allocate an amount equivalent to but not less than one percent (1%) of their total budget for the year as stipulated in the General Appropriations Act.  The Administrative Order repealed and modified accordingly previous issuances related to the celebration of NDPR Week.




The observance of NDPR Week has multi-faceted objectives as follows:


  • To stimulate public awareness on disability issues and concerns that will strengthen the involvement of the different government and non-governmental organizations including cause-oriented groups, civil society, self-help groups of persons with disabilities, the academe, professional groups and societies, local government units, business sector, the media and other entities of the society;


  • To serve as the vehicle of information for programs being implemented by government agencies and organizations of and for persons with disabilities that adhere to the promotion of the inherent rights and concerns of persons with disabilities;


  • To encourage every Filipino citizen to take active responsibility in the upliftment of the economic and social conditions of persons with disabilities in our society, thereby encouraging them to take pro-active roles in nation-building;


  • To generate full media support on the celebration and other disability-related issues and concerns that affect persons with disabilities and their families; and


  • To develop and strengthen cooperation and partnership between and among the various sectors of the Philippine society for better understanding of disability issues and concerns.




For this year’s celebration it is proposed that the NWC that will be organized by NCDA will be chaired by the Department of Justice.   DOJ will be the presiding officer of all committee meetings and the lead event organizer.




The theme of this year’s NDPR Week celebration is “Building an Inclusive and Non-Handicapping Environment for Persons with Disabilities.”   The theme was adopted to promote the principles and concepts relevant to disability inclusive development using the Incheon Strategy as its framework.  The theme also extends to advocate for the mainstreaming of disability agenda in all government agencies, non-government organizations, civil society and the public in general.

A sub-theme was also developed as part of the Department of Justice’s activity entitled “Patatagin ang Karapatan sa Katarungan ng Mga Taong May Kapansanan.”   This was agreed on to give emphasis on having access to justice by persons with disabilities in order for them to be part of an inclusive society.




To drumbeat the weeklong celebration, various activities will be conducted as indicated hereunder:


  1. July 17, 2013
  • Walk for Justice
  • Holy Mass Celebration
  • Launching of the Sensitivity Training for Prosecutor
  • Inauguration of PWD Assistance Desk
  • Legal Clinic by the Quezon City Public Attorney’s Office


  1. July 18, 2013
  • Medical, dental and Mobility Clinic Mission
  • PWD Product Conference
  • 10 Goals to Make the Right Real
  • Awarding of the First Mabini Batangan Awards
  • Diagnosis of Children Suspected to have Developmental Disabilities July-September 2013


  1. July 19, 2013
  • Paligsahan ng May “K” sa Kasaysayan at Kultura ng Pilipinas
  • 10 Goals to Make the Right Real


  1. July 20, 2013
  • Apolinario Mabini Happy Wheelchair Parade
  • Sculpture/Poster-Making Contest for Children
  • Realizing the Rights of CWDs through Access to Justice


  1. July 21, 2013
  • Fun Day for children with disabilities
  • PARM M.O.V.E. Pilipinas Run 2013 Manila-Tacloban-Davao
  1. July 22, 2013
  • Forum on Training and Employment Programs/Projects of DOLE, TESDA, ECC and DTI
  • Enrichment Seminar on the Rights of Soldiers with Disability


  1. July 23, 2013
  • Mega Sensitivity Disability Campaign
  • Press Conference on May 2013 Election
  • Showcase of Artworks of Persons with Autism
  • Wreathlaying Ceremony on Birthdate of Apolinario Mabini


  1. Regional Activities of Regional Offices of DPWH
  2. 3rd APC Para Tenpin Bowling Open Championship Manila 2013
  3. Workshop Training for Advance Wheelchair Assessment
  4. Hanging of NDPR Week Streamer
  5. Media Announcements & Guestings/Press Releases
  6. Issuance & Circulation of Department Orders/Memorandum Circulars


Agencies and organizations of and for persons with disabilities may opt to conduct their own activities or other than these activities.




The NDPR Week shall be celebrated nationwide by partner agencies and other stakeholders including self-help organizations of persons with disabilities from the national down to the local levels.


At the national level, the activities will be conducted in Metropolitan Manila areas by NCDA in partnership with national government agencies and local government units comprising the National Capital Region.  Non-government organizations based in Metro Manila with national scope of operations shall also be enjoined to conduct fitting activities.


At the regional and sub-regional levels, government agencies and non-government organizations with regional scope of operations shall likewise conduct their own activities in coordination with the local government units in their respective territorial jurisdictions.  Cities with original charters may opt to choose their participation in any level mentioned above.




In order to facilitate the activities to be conducted in the regions and sub-regional levels, the Regional Programs Coordinators of the NCDA will serve as focal persons.  Their names, areas of jurisdictions and contact details are indicated hereto:



Areas of Coverage

Contact Numbers/ Email Address

Ms. Cynthia Barriga Regions 9, 12 and CAR Mobile Phone No. – 0920-9062297


Ms. Ruth Tacujan Regions 11, ARMM, and CARAGA Mobile Phone No. – 09209062305


Ms. Evelyn Dolencio Regions 1, 2, and 3 Mobile Phone No. – 0920-9062304


Ms. Flerida Labanon Regions 4-A, 7 and 8 Mobile Phone No. – 0920-9062302


Ms. Dolores Soterio Region VI and X Mobile Phone No. – 09209062309


Mr. Rizalio Sanchez            or

Mr. Mike Limon

Region –NCR & ARMM Mobile Phone No. – 09209062306


Mobile Phone No. – 09209062296

Ms. Nelia de Jesus Region IV-B and V Mobile Phone No. – 09209062307




As a way to generate wide publicity of the weeklong celebration, various promotional efforts will be undertaken by NCDA.  Media networks and practitioners will be tapped to promote the celebration through the broadcast and print channels.  Guestings of NCDA officials in broadcast networks will be facilitated and press releases will be prepared that will be syndicated in the print media.  Media crew will also be invited to cover the activities that will be conducted in specified venues.


In addition, tarpaulins and/or streamers with prescribed texts will be hanged in conspicuous places of public offices, plazas, schools, provincial capitols, city/municipal/barangay halls, hospitals and in venues where the activities are currently held. For purposes of uniformity, a white cloth and/or tarpaulin streamer with a blue background, specific dimensions and text prescribed hereunder shall be strictly observed and followed.



The (Name of Agency) joins the nation in celebrating the


2013 National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week

July 17-23, 2013

Theme:  Building an Inclusive and Non-Handicapping Environment

for Persons with Disabilities.”   

Blue Color

Red color

Blue color

Blue Color

Agency Logo

9 ft. (3 yds.)

3 ft.

(1 yd.)





In order for the Secretariat to determine the activities conducted by participating agencies and organizations, a Feedback Report will be required following the prescribed format attached as Annex “A” to this document. As much as possible, it should be submitted to NCDA one (1) week after the celebration which shall be consolidated into an Accomplishment Report and will be submitted to the Office of the President, copy furnished the NCDA Chairperson and members of the National Working Committee.



Annex “A”




July 17-23, 2013

Activities Conducted/Undertaken

Nature of Activity Venue Date Conducted/Undertaken Remarks

















Submitted by:


Name of Head of Agency/Organization and Designation



Name of  Organization






Contact Numbers



Email Address



(Note: Please accomplish and submit this Feedback Report form to the National Council on Disability Affairs thru the 2013 NDPR Week Secretariat at Isidora Street, Barangay Holy Spirit, Quezon City 1127, or thru Fax Nos. (02) 951-5013; (02) 951-6401; and (02) 932-3663, or email it at council@ncda.gov.ph)

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