BFPWDAI President Angelito Donaldo "Boy" Roxas devotes his his 'second life' to promoting the rights of people with disabilities. Photo: Daryl Zamora / Handicap International

Kuya Boy’s second life

When Angelito Donaldo “Kuya Boy” Roxas met an accident some years back, hope for survival was almost nil. “My heart stopped three times!” One miracle later, Kuya Boy was on his way to become the first elected president of his town’s organization of people with disabilities.

SURGE team members held their inception workshop in Tagaytay City, July 2-4.

Handicap International, 3 INGOs launch SURGE project

Handicap International is now co-implementing a new inclusive community-based disaster risk reduction (ICBDRR) project. Dubbed “Scaling Up Resilience in Governance (SURGE)”, the project builds on successful experiences on inclusive community-based disaster risk reduction, including lessons from the aftermath of Haiyan.

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…