Senate bill seeks ‘transformation’ of NCDA

Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri
Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri

A Senate bill is pushing for the reorganization of the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) to better address the needs and concerns of persons with disabilities (PWDs).

Senate Bill No. 108 or the proposed National Commission on Disability Affairs Act seeks to reorganize the National Council on Disability Affairs into a National Commission on Disability Affairs and institutionalize the agency's mandate of addressing the needs and concerns of  PWDs.

“This bill is envisioned to better equip the Commission in data collection, needs identification and policy formulation for the benefit of PWDs from all over the country,” said Senate majority leader Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri, who introduced the measure.

“With the proper support and assistance, we believe that they can be integrated and empowered to be productive citizens of this nation," Zubiri said. "As one of the happiest people in the world we should strive to help our PWDs to lead meaningful and happy lives to the fullest extent possible,” Zubiri added.

The National Disability Prevalence Survey (NDPS) results showed that in 2016, around 12 percent of Filipinos aged 15 and older experienced severe disability. Almost one in every two (47%) experienced moderate disability while 23 percent experienced mild disability. Almost one-fifth (19%) experienced no disability. In this survey, the disability prevalence rate corresponds to the percentage of persons with severe disability.

Under the proposed measure, the commission shall be the national government agency to formulate policies and coordinate activities of all agencies, whether public or private, concerning disability issues and concerns.