Handicap International, disability advocates conduct nat’l CBR Congress

Participants of the CBR Congress join the "morning energizer" at the Heritage Hotel, Pasay City, on October 1. Photo: Daryl Zamora / Handicap International

Participants of the CBR Congress join the “morning energizer” at the Heritage Hotel, Pasay City, on October 1. Photo: Daryl Zamora / Handicap International

Alongside the National Council for Disability Affairs (NCDA) and other organizations, Handicap International co-organized the 2nd Philippine Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Congress at the Heritage Hotel in Pasay City from September 30 to October 2. More than 500 people attended the conference.

With the theme, “CBR: The Key to Inclusive Development in the Communities,” the congress aimed to promote CBR as a practical strategy in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Department of Social Welfare and Development Undersecretary Parisya Taradji gave the keynote address, encouraging participants to spread the ideals of a truly inclusive society.

Speakers from different organizations throughout the Philippines also shared their experience and good practices in doing CBR. They also recommended ways on how to do it better.

This year’s CBR Congress also created the multi-sectoral Philippine Community-Based Disability-Inclusive Development Network (PCBDIDN). According to NCDA Acting Executive Director Carmen Zubiaga, the network aims to serve as a catalyst in building sustainable inclusive development in communities. Handicap International is part of this network.