The Philippines National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) is the national government agency mandated to formulate policies and coordinate the activities of all agencies, whether public or private, concerning disability issues and concerns. As such, the NCDA is the lead agency tasked to steer the course of program development for persons with disabilities and the delivery of services to the sector.

The NCDA is tasked to monitor the implementation of several laws to ensure the protection of PWDs’ civil and political rights. 

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Policy, legislation and its implementation
The National Council on Disability Affairs shall coordinate with local government units in developing local policies and mechanisms to fully implement RA 9442 and other existing laws to ensure persons with disabilities shall live in a barrier free and inclusive society. NCDA shall lead in empowering organizations of persons with disabilities to represent themselves in all decision making bodies and participate in disability awareness and sensitization campaigns, including on mental health issues and providing community support services for people with psychosocial, intellectual and severe physical disabilities. 

The NCDA Inter-agency Committee shall be strengthened to review and amend existing discriminatory policies and develop new policies that will promote equal recognition before the law and enhance access to justice by persons with disabilities. 

Time Frame / Implementation Plan: 2019-  2030

Theme: Eliminate Stigma and Discrimination
Year: 2018

Inclusive education sector plans

  • Strengthen advocacy aimed at Congress and Senate to pass the Bill on Inclusive Education and Establish Learning Resource Hubs for Learners with Disabilities
  • Development of disability support services providers for learners with disabilities
  • Strengthening parents’ organizations as inclusion advocates and developing them as providers of disability support services 
  • Training of professionals and para-professionals

Timeframe and/or implementation plan: 2019- 2040 

Theme: Inclusive Education
Year: 2018

Skills development for decent work
The NCDA Inter-agency committee Training Employment and livelihood shall be strengthen to develop more policies and programs leading to access of persons with disabilities to decent work.  NCDA shall lead in organizing a network of employers and employment support groups for persons with disabilities shall be organized to promote employment and skills development in accordance with the market demand.

Disability Awareness and Sensitivity Workshops will be expanded to all government agencies and the private sector to promote disability inclusive work environment. 

Timeframe and/or implementation plan: 2019-2030

Theme: Routes to Economic Empowerment
Year: 2018

Policy and guidance
NCDA shall commit to develop policies and guidelines in coordination with the Department of Information and Communication Technology to enhances access of persons with visual disabilities to ICT and work closely with other stakeholders for alternative modes of communication for people with speech disabilities, the deaf and other disabilities needing ICT in their daily living

NCDA shall commit to work with the Department of Science and Technology enhance usability and availability of assistive devices and technology for persons with disabilities

Timeframe and/or implementation plan: 2019-2030

Theme: Harnessing Technology and Innovation
Year: 2018

Commit resources to support strengthened disability data

  • Full Implementation of the National Disability Data Collection System to make disability disaggregated data available to the public in coordination with all government agencies and local government unit and non-government organizations implementing projects and programs on disability. 
  • Work closely with the Department of Health on the development of guidelines in disability classification for PWD ID issuance and Full functioning of the Registry of Persons with disabilities
  • Coordinate with the Philippine Statistics Authority for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in 2020 census and other general data collection system. 

Timeframe and/or implementation plan: 2019- 2030

Theme: Data Disaggregation
Year: 2018

Representation and Empowerment of Women with Disabilities to fully participate in promoting gender equality and contribute to the development of sectoral agenda.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan
2019- Development of Training Manual on Gender and Disability Focusing on Empowerment of Women and Girls with Disabilities and pilot testing in 3 provinces  and finalization . Training of Trainers at the Regional level;  Conduct Women with Disabilities Summit to form a national network of women with disabilities in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development  

Theme: Women and Girls with Disabilities
Year: 2018

Disability Inclusive and Resilient Communities – inclusion of persons with disabilities in the development disability inclusive disaster risk and reduction plan and in peace process through policy formulation and capacity building of communities on how to address the needs of persons with disabilities in all phases of DRR Plan

Timeframe and/or implementation plan: 2019-2030- Training of Community Trainers on the use of Training Manual on Disability Inclusive DRR

Theme: Conflict and Humanitarian Contexts
Year: 2018

Strengthening  the National Council on Disability Affairs to effectively promote the rights of persons with disabilities to become productive and to enable local government units to develop responsive programs and services for all persons with disabilities.

Theme: Other
Year: 2018