NCDA OIC Zubiaga delivering an inspirational message.

The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) Officer-in-Charge, Ms. Carmen R. Zubiaga  serves as the Inspirational  Speaker  during the Opening Ceremonies  of the “2nd Asia Pacific Youth Camp for Persons with Disabilities” held on June 6, 2018 at the Villa Escudero in Tiaong, Quezon Province.   The event, which was participated by representatives  from  Australia,  Hong Kong,  Philippines, Thailand and  Singapore, was  organized by  the “Order of Malta  Philippines”,  a  humanitarian organization which  conducts  spiritual/religious and hospitaller activities.  It  was  led by  its  President, Dr. Leopoldo H. Lazatin, Grand Cross of Magistral Grace.

In her talk, OIC Zubiaga shares to the participants her struggle as a person with disability from school days during her childhood, involvement in community work, employment in a local government unit   until her appointment in her present post at NCDA.  Conference participants were inspired how Ms. Zubiaga triumphantly   succeeded  from her challenges  due to discrimination in school and even in her family.

OIC Zubiaga  also acknowledged how Tahanang Walang Hagdanan  developed her skills and fulfilled her mission in life.   She was glad  to be able to  impart to  the sector of persons with disabilities who are nowadays  acknowledged as partner in nation building, have access to health, education, employment, transportation and even able to raise their own family.  She also cited that oftentimes, the inaccessibility of the environment  causes  the disability of a person.

OIC Zubiaga also congratulated the “Order of Malta Philippines”   for mounting the event to showcase the talents of youth with disabilities through the different activities lined up for the event. The latter, in turn, awarded a Plaque of Appreciation to OIC Zubiaga for participating in this special event.