2 villages of Sigma conduct inclusive community evacuation drills

Acbo and Amaga, 2 of the villages of Sigma municipality in Capiz province, conducted their inclusive community evacuation drills on March 21 and 22. The drills were participated by 421 local officials, leaders and residents including farmers, women, children, older people and persons with disabilities. Specifically, 151 participated in the drill in Acbo while 270…

The Philippines celebrates 13th Women with Disabilities Day

The World Health Organization (2011) estimates that 19.2% of the global women population have some form of disability and they are twice as likely to be affected by violence than their peers without disabilities (The Lancet, 2012). In the Philippines, the 2010 national household census claims that 49.1% of Filipinos with disabilities are women (DOH…

HI helping PRC be more inclusive

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) aspire to improve their organization by providing a comprehensive set of services for the people in vulnerable conditions and become a more inclusive of persons with disabilities with the goal of becoming one of the foremost humanitarian organizations in the country. To achieve this, PRC sought the expertise of Handicap…

Sigma local officials commit to protect rights, address issues of persons with disabilities

Sigma, Capiz – More than 60 local government officials of the municipality, including all of the 21 barangay (village) captains, participated in the Awareness Raising on Disability Rights of Handicap International (HI). Moreover, officers and members of Sigma Disabled People’s Organization (DPO) Federation participated in the activity. The activity was conducted in the frame of…

HOW TO HUG, AND PAY IT FORWARD, WITHOUT ARMS

(Editor’s Note: This blog is the third of a series by Handicap International Goodwill Ambassador Jessica Cox, a motivational speaker, pilot, wife, and disability rights advocate who was born without arms. Reposted with permission from Handicap International United States.) Over the last few days, I have received an overwhelming number of phone calls and messages…

Baras DPO conducts medical missions in Rizal province

Addressing the importance of health and wellness in inclusive local development, the local disabled people’s organization (DPO) in Baras, Rizal spearheaded medical missions in the province as part of their celebration of the 37th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week. Conducted last July 22 & 23, the Baras Federation of Persons with Disabilities Association,…

SURGE conducts orientation on accessibility law in ComVal province

COMPOSTELA VALLEY – To further advocate the need for inclusive community-based disaster risk reduction plans in the area, the Scaling Up Resilience in Governance (SURGE) Project in Davao Region conducted an orientation on the country’s accessibility law for officials and staff in the province of Compostela Valley. Organized last June 15, the project team of…

SEEING BEYOND A PERSON’S DISABILITY

(Editor’s Note: This blog is the second of a series by Handicap International Goodwill Ambassador Jessica Cox, a motivational speaker, pilot, wife, and disability rights advocate who was born without arms. Reposted with permission from Handicap International United States.) Last month, I traveled to Rome to attend the Mirabile Dictu International Catholic Film Festival. I…

THE POWER OF “I CAN”

(Editor’s Note: This blog is the first of a series by Handicap International Goodwill Ambassador Jessica Cox, a motivational speaker, pilot, wife, and disability rights advocate who was born without arms. Reposted with permission from Handicap International United States.) “You can’t do that!” I’ve heard this line more times than I can count—from kids on…

Stakeholders, partners of REBUILD commit to sustain project’s initiatives

RIZAL PROVINCE – Ensuring the sustainability of its initiatives of the past three years and a half, stakeholders and partners of Handicap International’s outgoing REBUILD Project have signified their commitment in assuming responsibility of future activities and plans that are in line with the project’s advocacies. Their vow was solidified during the project’s exit workshop…