Persons with Disabilities Affairs Office Focal Person Leah Mercado gives a short talk before the poster-making contest. Photo: Shirley Ferrera / Handicap International

Handicap International celebrates NDPR Week

Colorful outdoor arches and streamers greeted everyone entering the small town of Baras (Rizal Province) last July 19-23 as Handicap International, through the REBUILD Project, celebrated the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week. The festivities were co-organized by the Municipality of Baras and the Baras Federation of Persons with Disabilities Associations, Inc. (BFPWDAI).


Hot off the press: REBUILD Newsletter

The REBUILD Project in Baras (Rizal province) has released the first issue of the REBUILD Newsletter during the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week celebration last week. Also available in print format, the newsletter aims to inform external stakeholders on the recent activities and accomplishments of the Project. The REBUILD Project is a livelihoods and…

Baras Persons with Disabilities Affairs Office Focal Person Leah Mercado has high hopes for her hometown. Photo: Daryl Zamora / Handicap International

LEAH is an acronym

Baras (Rizal) Persons with Disabilities Affairs Office focal person Leah Mercado has observed how her hometown has advanced in advocating for disability rights with the support of Handicap International.


500 people with disabilities to join HI’s NDPR Week festivities

BARAS, RIZAL – The rights and talents of people with disabilities will get the limelight in a series of activities to be organized by Handicap International and the Municipality of Baras on National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week, July 17-23. At least 500 of the town’s people with disabilities – led by the Baras Federation…

Inclusive DRRM

New report on disability-inclusive DRM good practices

A new publication on select good practices in disability-inclusive disaster risk management (DRM) is now available in both print and online versions. Published by Handicap International and the Disability Inclusive DRR Network for Asia and the Pacific, the report “highlights how persons with disabilities [in South and South-East Asia] can participate in and contribute to efforts…

Leah Pacle, 46, is an officer of the Tarangnan Organization of Persons with Disabilities. Photo: Daryl Zamora / Handicap International

Spared and prepared

While Leyte and Eastern Samar bore the brunt of typhoon Haiyan late last year, the island village of Tigdaranao in Tarangnan (Western Samar) endured a fury less intense than expected. While more than 6,000 people perished elsewhere, everyone was safe in the small island community. That’s why Leah Pacle’s gratitude rise up to the heavens.…

Representatives of the member organizations of the Age and Disability Task Force commit themselves to advancing the rights of older people and people with disabilities. Photo courtesy of ADTF

Handicap International, other INGOs launch Aging and Disability Task Force

Four international non-governmental organizations, including Handicap International, have launched the Aging and Disability Task Force (ADTF) in Manila, May 29. Other members of the consortium are the Leonard Cheshire Disability Philippines Foundation, Inc., CBM, and HelpAge/Coalition of Services of the Elderly (HelpAge/COSE). According to its leaders, the ADTF will work to ensure that the rights…

A workshop participant explains her group's output, which enumerates their proposed tool revisions. Photo: Eva Baldoza / Handicap International

New partners of CVD Project adapt tools to local context

City and Municipal Health Officers and other representatives of the Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Project’s new partners convened in a tools development workshop on April 7-11. The event was held at D’Leonor Inland Resort and Adventure Park in Buhangin, Davao City. The workshop aimed to collect inputs in order to adapt the project’s tools and information…

Mila mingles with her friends at the municipal hall of Arakan, North Cotabato. Photo: Daryl Zamora / Handicap International

Mila’s mission

One’s first visit to the idyllic municipality of Arakan can give the person an inkling that perhaps the small, mountainous town is the dead end of North Cotabato: a few more meters from the town’s poblacion, and you’ll end up in some virgin forest teeming with strange animals. But if you ask 42-year-old Mila Barreto,…