In support of the government’s thrust to achieve inclusive growth, DTI formulated the Department’s PWD Economic Empowerment Program to help facilitate integration of PWDs into the mainstream of society. The program provides the following interventions: (i) enterprise level assistance, (ii) enabling environment, and (iii) policy advocacy.


  • Drafted a working paper on PWD status, laws and regulations passed in support of PWD development, DTI accomplishments and challenges and recommendations to improve responsiveness of the programs to the needs of PWDs which can serve as basis for a PWD Summit or Convention that will result to a Pledge of Commitment among DTI and cooperating partner agency and/or private sector.
  • Coordinated with the DTI-Knowledge Management and Information Service (KMIS) on the status of making the DTI website accessible to PWDs, and accomplished the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) template to reflect the update which formed part of the submission to the Office of DTI PWD Focal Person Regional Operations Group (ROG) Undersecretary Maglaya and her alternate, ROG Assistant Secretary Fajardo
  • Represented the DTI on 13 February 2017 at the NCDA Boardroom during the 2nd National Working Committee Meeting on the preparations for the 2017 Women with Disabilities Day Celebration scheduled on 28 March at the Philippine Arena.


  • Represented the DTI in the 1st National Working Committee Meeting that approved the final theme of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week Celebration which was held in July 2017. Also identified the 2017 chair/host and lined up all succeeding meeting dates and venues. Lastly, prepared highlights particularly the NCDA comments regarding immediate or full implementation of certain laws like RA No. 10905 which calls for all television networks to have closed captioning to enable the PWDs particularly the deaf to have access to news and other information that will improve their welfare.
  • Coordinated with NCDA on the list of some national agencies’ PWD focal persons as well as the heads of national PWD organizations in relation to the drafting of invitation letters on the Department’s hosting of the Consultative Meeting of DTI Officials with other National Government Agencies and PWD Organizations held on 03 August 2017.
  • Represented the DTI in the NDPR-National Working Committee Meetings on the preparations for the NDPR Week Celebration; prepared highlights of the meeting including the request of NCDA for DTI to provide assistance to PWD entrepreneurs (who will participate in the PWD Bazaar at QC Hall) in product labeling and packaging; and requested for the inclusion in the Calendar of Activities of NDPR Week Celebration the General Assembly of DTI PWD Focal Persons as a pre-event activity.
  • Undertook research on the access to transportation by PWDs and prepared comments/inputs to the draft Executive Order on Accessible Public Transportation for PWDs for endorsement by the DTI Alternate PWD Focal Person to the Bureau of Trade and Industrial Policy Research for official communication to the Office of the President
  • Prepared memo seeking approval of the DTI PWD Focal Person to have small window for PWDs in the Livelihood Seeding and the Shared Service Facility Programs of the Department as these can provide concrete assistance to the sector in terms of livelihood opportunities
  • Hosted the start of the 39th NDPR Week Celebration on 17 July 2017 by reciting the Panata ng Isang Tagapagtaguyod ng Karapatan at Prebelihiyo ng May Kapansanan at the flag raising ceremony at the DTI Head Office attended by some of the ExCom members.

  • Updated the DTI PWD Economic Empowerment (PWDEE) Framework and added global and national statistics on PWDs to provide factual information about the sector; this document was presented during the General Assembly of information of the PWD Focal Persons.
  • Conducted the General Assembly for DTI PWD Focal Persons on 13 July 2017. A total of fifty-two (52) PWD Focal persons from DTI Bureaus, Regional and Provincial, and attached agencies participated.



  • Coordinated with the Office of the DTI Alternate PWD Focal Person Assistant Secretary Ameenah A. Fajardo to enjoin the Human Resource and Administrative Service (HRAS) to send a representative to the CBM International’s South East Asia Regional Office’s Employers’ Forum 19 October 2017 at the Sequoia Hotel, Quezon City. This is in relation to the employment of Persons with Disability, since the said unit handles the hiring of personnel within the Department. Also attended the forum and submitted memo and highlights of event to Asst. Secretary Ameenah A. Fajardo.
  • Attended the Knowledge Sharing Forum on Disability Development Programs conducted jointly by the Korean International Cooperation Agency-Philippine Office, and the Philippine–Korean Fellows Association and the NCDA on 27 October 2017, at the Discovery Suites Manila, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City; and prepared the highlights of event.
  • Represented the DTI in the Joint Seminar on Mid-Decade Review of the Asia and the Pacific’s Decade of Make the Right Real which was conducted by NCDA and the Rehabilitation International (RI) Korea on 03 November 2017 at the NCDA Boardroom, Holy Spirit Drive, Quezon City.
  • Represented the DTI in the 1st National Working Committee Meeting in preparation for the 2017 International Day of Persons with Disabilities Celebration in the 1st week of December.
  • Coordinated with the Consumer Protection and Advocacy Bureau (CPAB) and KMIS regarding appropriate advice and opinion on the possibility of having braille labels on some goods/products for visually impaired customers and how it may relate to RA 7394 or the Consumer Act.
  • Represented the DTI PWD Focal Person, Undersecretary Zenaida C. Maglaya, in the NCDA Board meeting on 12 December at 10 am, at the Alcuaz Function Room, Manila Pavilion, Manila. Raised concerns on the RA 10524 (1% of government positions reserved for PWDs), and the portion of EO 417 on 10% procurement to be sourced from PWD suppliers, both of which the Chair had asked the Board Secretariat to include in the next meeting of the Board; Finally prepared the highlights and the endorsement memo on 13-14 December.


DTI Persons with Disabilities (PWD) Program



  • Collated and submitted the 2015 DTI PWD accomplishments to COA and NCDA
    • Prepared and submitted the 2016 DTI Plans and Programs to NCDA for endorsement to the Sub-Committee on Training, Employment, and Livelihood.
  • Prepared comments/inputs on:
    • Draft IRR of RA 10754 or “An Act Expanding the Benefits and Privileges of Persons with Disability”
    • Senate House Bill No. 205 entitled “An Act Providing for the Alternative Learning System of Education for Adults, Out of School Youth, Members of Cultural Minorities, Indigenous People, and Persons with Disabilities”.
  • Participated in the various inter-agency PWD-related activities/workshops/fora, as follows:
    • Women with Disability Day Celebration at the Occupational Health and Safety Center held last 30 March 2016
    • 38th National Disaster Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week Celebration held from 17-23 July 2016
    • Program Assessment and Planning Workshop on Disability Inclusive Programs/Services for PWDs held last 16 – 18 March 2016 in Angeles City, Pampanga
    • Enhancement of Communication Plan following the Incheon Strategy Framework for Persons with Disabilities
    • Special Inter-Agency Meeting on Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 10754 or “An Act Expanding the Benefits and Privileges of Persons with Disability”
    • Launching of Apolinario Mabini Awards at the Bulwagang Amoranto, Quezon City Hall
    • Inter-Agency Committee preparatory meeting for the 27th White Cane Safety Day Celebration
    • Public Hearings on the Draft Joint DTI-DA-DOE Administrative Order for Senior Citizens and Persons with Disability
    • Mid-Term Assessment on Incheon Strategy Implementation and the Status of the National Plan of Action on Effective Data Generation
    • NCDA Sub-Committee on Advocacy
  • Conducted Orientation Workshop on Disability Sensitivity for Negosyo Center Business Counselors
    • Batch 1 – DTI and LGU representatives from Northern Luzon in Clark, Pampanga on 19-21 July 2016
    • Batch 2 – DTI and LGU representatives from NCR and Southern Luzon in Pasay City on 09-11 August 2016
    • Batch 3 – DTI and LGU representatives from Mindanao in Davao City on 16-18 August 2016
    • Batch 4 – DTI and LGU representatives from Visayas in Pasay City on 06-07 September 2016
  • Conducted Orientation on Disability Sensitivity for PWD Focal Persons in DTI bureaus and regional and provincial offices
  • Continuing advocacy for the welfare of PWDs:
    • Implementation of various laws to ensure the protection of PWDs’ civil and political rights based on DTI’s mandate i.e. Republic Act No. 10524 “An Act Expanding the Positions Reserved for PWDs”, Batas Pambansa Blg. 344 “Accessibility Law”, Executive Order No. 417 “Directing the Implementation of the Economic Independence Program for PWDs”
    • PWD accessibility of the DTI website
    • Inclusion of “provision/granting of special discounts to PWDs” in the guidelines on the DTI Bagwis Program

Click to access a comprehensive list of Disability Laws at the National Council on Disability Affairs website.

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