Australian Embassy hosts Disability Inclusive Development Training

MAKATI CITY— The Australian Embassy in Manila has hosted Disability Inclusive Development Training with CBM, an international Christian development organization that is committed to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the poorest communities of the world, held at Makati City on Tuesday, December 3.

The event is in relation with the commemoration of International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) attended by government line agencies and non-government organizations from Mindanao and Metro Manila. 

The celebration of IDPwD falls every 3rd day of December.

The Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) was among of the participants through the partnership assistance of Education Pathways to Peace in Mindanao. 

Tu Alid Alfonso, representative of MBHTE under the office of the Minister who attended the event said that the lessons learned during the training will be presented to the MBHTE Director General for Basic Education Dr. Rahib L. Kudto to further strengthen the Ministry’s program on the learners with disability in the nine (9) Schools Division of BARMM.

Abner Manlapaz, President of Life Heaven Center for Independent Living said that based on the 2010 census, 1.57 percent of population had disability, and according to the National Disability Prevalence Survey, the disability prevalence in 2016 is 12 percent.

Manlapaz said that 91, 798 households are headed by persons with disabilities. He added that only 31% of the poor persons with disabilities in the labor force are employed.

“Of these, 37.91% are laborers and unskilled workers and 46.2% are farm workers, foresters and fisherfolks,” he cited.

The presenter said 3 out of 5 poor children with disabilities are out of school youth.

He added that the NCDA-SCASS September 20, 2019 presentation revealed that 3 in 10 assessed persons with disabilities are poor equivalent and when translated into figures, it is 320, 922 out of 938,150.

“The disability inclusion, they should be part of the community, they have the same rights as other people, including a right to participate in community and political life, Manlapaz pointed out.

“They have their own unique strengths and opinions to contribute,” he stressed.

Other presenter defined “inclusive development” when development activities include and benefit the whole community, targeting and deliberately including people and groups who are most likely to be executed, making changes to how to implement projects and delivers services.

The United Nations stated that “the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol was adopted on 13 December 2006 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and was opened for signature on 30 March 2007. 

The convention on the right of persons with disabilities described “persons with disabilities” include those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on equal basis with others.