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…

Autism and the National Autism Consciousness Week

The term autism was first used by Eugen Bleuler in 1908 to describe a patient “who had withdrawn into his own world”. He used the term to refer to persons with morbid admiration and withdrawal within self. It came from the Greek word “autos”, which means “self”. More than a century later, studies revealed that…

HI participates in hearing re: suffrage of persons with disabilities

The Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms of the House of Representatives held a hearing to discuss eight house bills concerning early and local absentee voting procedures for persons with disabilities, older people and people with work during election days. Handicap International (HI) participated in the said hearing to provide inputs for the improvement of…

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…

Update: Typhoon Haima in PH

The Philippines’ national weather bureau PAGASA announced earlier this morning that Typhoon Haima (local name Lawin) has “slightly weakened while traversing Apayao province” with maximum sustained winds of 185 kph and gustiness of 230 kph. It has definitely weakened as compared to last night’s winds of 225 kph and gustiness of 315 kph as it…

PH threatened by typhoon Haima

After typhoon Sarika (local name: Karen) struck the country on Saturday 15 October impacting more than 8,000 people leading to the displacement of thousands and causing serious flooding, the Philippines is now preparing to face the arrival of typhoon Haima, set to hit on Wednesday 19 or Thursday 20 October. Having formed over the Pacific…

DIDRR orientation reaches 120 locals of QC

This year, Handicap International (HI), as part of the national organizing committee for the celebration of the 2016 National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week, joined other organizations and agencies in identifying activities for the said event. They decided to conduct an orientation on disability inclusive disaster risk reduction (DIDRR) that aimed to inform DRR…

Inclusive CBDRRM training manual finalized, to be launched

Its geographical location, exposure to increasing and extreme climate change-induced weather events and the vulnerability of at-risk persons make the Philippines one of the most disaster prone countries in the world. With this, different agencies and organizations working with at-risk persons including children, youth, older people and persons with disabilities developed an inclusive community-based disaster risk…