HB 3665 supporters hold children’s art exhibit

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A three-day art exhibit showcasing the artworks and crafts of children and youth with disabilities (CWDs/ YAWDs) took place at the House of Representatives, September 26-28, 2011. The show dubbed as “Creative Li’l Hands Exhibit” was organized by the supporters of HB 3665 to raise public awareness on the needs and rights of CWDs/ YAWDs.

Exhibit ribbon cutting

Proponents and supporters of HB 3665 during the Art Exhibit. (L-R) KAMPI Secretary Mr. Panfilo Marantan, BBCY Director Ms. Visitacion E. Apostol, Hon. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara of Aurora Province, on. David Koh of Senior Citizens’ Party List, Hon. Emmi de Jesus of Gabriela, Hon. Ted Casińo of Bayan Muna and KAMPI President Ms. Josephine de Vera

Sponsored by Bayan Muna Representative Hon. Ted Casino, the Congress’ Committee on Social Services and the BBCY Project, the exhibit was an advocacy to emphasize the significance of House Bill 3665 or the Children and Youth with Disabilities Empowerment Act of 2010. It is an act that seeks to establish STAC rehabilitation centers for PWDs nationwide.

Among the displayed materials were the children and youths’ paintings, handmade products like jewelries and ornaments, personalized shirts, cloths and purse and other decorative works. The proceeds of the exhibit will be used to sustain the livelihood projects where parents generate their income in continuing the rehabilitation of the children.

displayed productsA short program and ribbon-cutting ceremony occurred on the first day of the exhibit with the presence of high-profiled supporters of HB 3665. Esteemed guests from the Congress include Hon. Emmi de Jesus of Gabriela Party List, Hon. David Koh of Senior Citizens’ Party List and Hon. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara of Aurora Province. Other House Representatives who signed up their support include Laguna 1st District Rep. Dan Fernandez, Laguna 4thDistrict Rep. Edgar S. San Luiz, South Cotabato 1st District Rep.Pedro B. Acharon, Jr., Ilocos Norte 1st District Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas, ACT Teachers’ Party List and KALINGA PL.

KAMPI and BBCY were represented by President Josephine de Vera and by Project Director Visitacion Apostol along with other PMO and local staff, children and parents. Leading the organizers of the exhibit were Representative Casino and his dynamic staff.

Apart from the positive messages conferred by the guests, the program also highlighted the testimonials delivered by a child with disability and by a STAC parent. They both shared their hopes for the approval of HB 3665 since it will greatly improve the lives of children with disabilities and their families. This was similarly stressed out in the message of Hon. Casino.

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BBCY staff and child with disability together with Gabriela Party List Representative, Hon. Emmi de Jesus

Several legislators and party list representatives affixed their signature of support to House Bill 3665. On behalf of the thousands of children and family beneficiaries we serve, BBCY Project conveys its sincerest thanks to big-hearted people who are champions in defending the welfare and rights of PWDs.


BBCY launches legacy books for partners

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launching of bbcy booksAs token for the years-long partnership forged with various local governments, public and private agencies and service-driven individuals, BBCY launched its legacy books, August 26, 2011 at Great Eastern Hotel.

The legacy books consisted of four publications namely, the BBC Coffee Table Book, STAC Manual, TDC Manual and YAWDs’ Employment Manual. The Coffee Table Book chronicles the 15-year accomplishments and successes of BBCY Project in providing better lives for children with disabilities. The other books serve as guides of LGUs in operating and sustaining the turned-over STAC and TDC.

The launching was the main highlight of the 2nd Partners’ Summit which converged hundreds of partner LGU officials from diverse cities and municipalities in the Philippines. Comprising the distinguished guests were esteemed Governors, Congressmen, Mayors, Vice Mayors, Councilors and staff from the 138 areas with Stimulation and Therapeutic Activity Centers (STAC) established throughout the four phases of the project since 1995.

As keynote speaker, Hon. Jesse M. Robredo, Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), inspired the audience with his heartwarming family story that exemplified the capabilities of PWDs to withstand difficulties and rise above their limitations. Hon. Robredo challenged the LGUs to continue giving equal opportunities to address the needs of PWDs.

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(Second from left)  Hon. Jesse M. Robredo, DILG Secretary together with BBCY Director and KAMPI Governors 

Mayor Paz C. Radaza of Lapu Lapu City, Board Member Raymar Rebaldo of Aklan Province, and Governor Edgar Chatto rendered their testimonials on the positive impact of the STAC rehabilitation programs and services to the children with disabilities. Their speeches affirmed that the BBC initiative for PWDs has served as a turning point in their communities because it inspired many institutions and individuals to do noble undertakings for the sector.

First AMAMI President Mrs. Alma Pamittan and CWD-achiever Ailler Ruiz also expressed their gratefulness for the life-changing services and capacity-building programs of BBCY both for the CWDs and their families, especially the parents.

Group PictureIn a videotaped speech, Bayan Muna Representative Teddy Casińo encouraged his fellow legislators to continue supporting House Bill 3665, which if approved, is a breakthrough in improving the condition of PWDs in the Philippines. At the end of the summit, partners affixed their signature as support to the fast deliberation and approval of HB 3665.

For KAMPI-BBCY, the accomplishments and tremendous impact left in the community have been realized chiefly because of the partners with big hearts in creating visible social change. As always, BBCY takes its cap off as salute to everyone’s commitment and support for waking with us in our journey toward building a society for all.

Teachers and BHWs attend disability training

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MARIKINA City – Aiming to empower the teachers and barangay health workers (BHWs) in dealing with children with disabilities, the BBCY Project organized a two-day STAC orientation and symposium, September 20 and 21. The activity was part of the Project’s technical assistance to the City in operating its newly launched STACenter.

marikina trainingThe first day was devoted to orienting 50 educators about STAC programs and services particularly its Special Education component. A lecture-discussion on Inclusive Education was facilitated by Ms. Rachel Cristal-Fermin, a Special Needs Educator. Other resource speakers coming from the Project talked about handling and supporting children and young adults with physical, hearing, behavioral, learning and visual disabilities.

Hundreds of BHWs were also kept updated on the STAC operations. They were trained on basic rehabilitation techniques that can be used as they aid the STAC. They were also taught on how to identify and handle CWDs and YAWDs.

Giving their full support in the training were local officials headed by Mayor Del R. de Guzman, Vice Mayor Jose Fabian I. Cadiz, City Health Officer Dr. Alberto Herrera and some Councilors. The Project was represented by Co-Director Mr. Pepito DG Manio, Vice Director Randy Calsena and other PMO staff.

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Vice Mayor of Marikina City, Hon. Jose Fabian Cadiz delivers a message during the Orientation of STAC programs and services , July 26, 2011

 STAC Advisory Committee Meeting

BBCY Directors met up with the LGU officials last September 19 to hold project orientation, form the STAC Advisory Committee and discuss the roles of concerned LGU officials and agencies in the STAC operation. Strong enthusiasm and support were elicited from the participants.

Staff training on STAC management and operation

September 15 – The Project Directors spearheaded a comprehensive lecture-discussion on managing operating the STAC, reporting and documenting the activities and networking with partners. Comprising the roster of participants were the focal person for STAC, PT and Rehabilitation Assistant, CSWDO staff and representatives from the Office of the Mayor.

Educators’ conference kicks off

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educators' conferenceAddressing the need to train educators on the proper management of children and youth with disabilities (CWDs/ YAWDs), the BBCY Project conducted a two-day national conference dubbed as “Empowering Administrators and Educators: Key in Building Better Education for Students with Disabilities”, August 26-27 at Quezon City. The activity was in line with the Special Education (SpEd) component of the project that ultimately aims to mainstream CWDs and YAWDs to the regular school system.

Nine experts on disability-related issues from like-minded agencies shared their expertise during the conference. The topics discussed and workshops facilitated ranged from PWDs’ rights to education to the guidelines in admitting PWD students in secondary and tertiary levels. Likewise, different effective management strategies for students who are blind, deaf, with ADHD, autism and physical impairments were underscored.


Participants receive their certificate of participation in the two-day conference

Hundreds of school administrators, teachers and educators from the 138 cities and municipalities with established STAC and TDC participated in the training. They were expected to re-echo and impart their acquired knowledge to their fellow teachers upon return to their respective communities.

During the evaluation, one of the participants stressed out the value of the conference in enhancing the teachers’ understanding and skill about disabilities and the proper treatment. “This conference taught us many valuable learning about how to teach and deal with students having diversified limitations and we feel grateful for experiencing this activity,” she said.

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BBCY staff and facilitators of the conference pose for their last major activity in the national level

BBCY recognizes the significance of obtaining the support of school administrators and educators on aspects affecting the admission, treatment and application of teaching strategies for students with disabilities. Apart from the physical, reasonable accommodations applied in school, it is the teachers’ cooperation that matters most in ensuring optimized learning of CWDs and YAWDs.

BBY turns over TDC Iloilo and Roxas to LGUs

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The Training and Development Centers (TDC) in the cities of Iloilo and Roxas were recently turned over to the Local Government. A turn over ceremony officially marked the commitment of the LGUs in sustaining and operating the TDC after BBY piloted and managed them within 42 months.

TDC Iloilo

About 150 participants composed of YAWDs, parents, LGU officials, stakeholders and staff witnessed the TDC turn over in Punta Villa Resort Inc. Arevalo, Iloilo City last September 6. The major highlight of the event was the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between KAMPI-BBCY and the LGU officials.

The MOA signing formalized the roles of KAMPI and the LGU upon turn over. With the former responsible on providing technical assistance and monitoring the implementation of the centers, the latter will be the over-all responsible in funding, operating and sustaining the TDC.

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Partners from PTU and the Local Government of Iloilo convene for the MOA Signing during the turn over of TDC Iloilo

Representing the LGU were Hon. Jed Patrick E. Mabilog, the ever-supportive Mayor of Iloilo City and his Vice Mayor, Hon. Jose Espinosa III, and the City Councilors composed of Hon. Joshua Alim, Hon. Lyndon Acap, Hon. Rodel Fullon-Agado, Hon. Lex Tupaz, Hon. Jason Gonzales, and Hon. Jeffrey Ganzon. KAMPI representatives included President Josephine de Vera and BBCY Directors headed by Ms. Visitacion E. Apostol.

Partners from Denmark also graced the activity headed by PTU Coodinator Ms. Heidrun Derflinger, PTU Development Committee Presidents Ms. Gurli Nielsen and members, Mr. Claus Petersen and Ms. Anne Lisse Rossau.

iloilo turn over2Some moving testimonials coming from the YAWDs and parents also brought tears to the audience and gratefulness for the profound impact of the center in transforming lives.

After the ceremony, the Danish partners spent time visiting and observing the tutorial sessions, arts and crafts, counseling session, meal preparations and physical wellness activities in the TDC. They likewise visited some YAWDs employed in Motorist Carwash, SM Delgado and Persons with Disability Affairs Office. They also visited the school of selected YAWDs and interacted with the teachers and administrators.

TDC Roxas

In Roxas City, the turn over took place last September 7, 2011 at Nestas Hotel and Restaurant. The YAWDs took center stage in their creative renditions during the program. Selected YAWDs with hearing and speech impairments interpreted the video prayer while others performed intermission numbers.

Partners from Denmark were also present in the ceremony especially during the most highlighted part, the MOA signing.

One of the YAWDs, Ricel Binibini delivered a touching testimonial about her life’s success story made possible by the TDC programs and services. Mrs. Victoria Mondala, a parent of a YAWD beneficiary also delivered a poignant message and professod her support to the LGU for the center’s sustained operation.

The program culminated with the signing of the pledge of commitment by various representatives of LGU and partner agencies.

In Focus: August and September Activities

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TDC Updates – A glimpse of the activities in the Training and Development Centers…


Consultation-workshop on TDC sustainability conducted

AUGUST 1 & 2 – In preparation for the looming turn over of the TDCenters to the LGU, the Project Management staff spearheaded a consultation workshop for the local government and TDC staff of Roxas and Iloilo City. Facilitated by BBY Vice Director Randy Calsena, discussions were focused on the strategic move to ascertain TDC sustainability and the mechanisms of devolving the TDC programs to LGU. The training participants verbalized their full commitment and support even after the turn over.

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The roster of participants during the training

YAWDs receive educational assistance

educational assistance distributionTen persons with disabilities (PWDs) including five YAWDs received a financial assistance amounting to Php 4,500.00 from the City Government of Iloilo for their college education. Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog himself awarded the grant in a short program held at Robinsons Mall Car Park, August 1. The YAWDs felt grateful and privileged for availing the assistance which would greatly help them in their studies.

YAWDs join PDAO 1st year anniversary celebration

A total of 15 YAWDs actively took part in the 1st year anniversary celebration of the Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO), August 26. The YAWDs were key players in the various talent competitions and series of games conducted. At the end of the activity, the YAWDs brought lots of prizes and boons for winning in the competitions. Their participation served as their socialization activity for the month of August.

YAWDs play basketball

Iloilo City – Several YAWDs accompanied by their parents and TDC staff energetically joined a basketball tournament, August 17. The sports game, organized by the City Social Welfare Development Office in partnership with the Philippine Blind Union aimed to promote community awareness on the special skills of PWDs. Apart from playing, the YAWDs likewise entertained the audience with their unique stage performances. The event was televised by GMA network and aired on Jessica Soho show.

YAWDs walk extra miles for their fellow YAWDs

ancop walkThe YAWDs of Iloilo TDC participated in the Answering the Cry for the Poor (ANCOP) Global Walk 2011 last August 21, 2011. The event was organized by the Couples for Christ and was joined by CFC officers, partners and stakeholder, GOs, NGOs, students and volunteers from different sectors in Iloilo Province.

The activity kicked off with a warm-up exercise, followed by the Global Walk of all participants from Plazuela de Iloilo going to Treñas Boulevard, SM City Manduriao and going back to Plazuela. The TDC Iloilo Staff and YAWDs felt lucky for the wonderful socialization activity and join n activity for a cause. Proceeds of the event will go to ANCOP scholars including there YAWDs served in the TDC.

YAWDs during the parade

Delegates from the TDC composed of the YAWDs and the staff

Rotary Club throws a party for YAWDs

A number of YAWDs experienced a special party sponsored by Iloilo Rotary Club as part of its community outreach program, September 9, 2011. The party featured games and talent presentations that really brought fun and recreation for the YAWDs. Feeling blessed for the event, the YAWDs expressed their heartfelt thanks to the organizers and facilitators.


YAWDs undergo livelihood skills training

ROXAS City – A total of 16 YAWDs underwent a five-day livelihoods skills training to prepare them in their work at Pan de Alan Bakeshop. The TDC organized the Baking and Pastries Making from September 5 to 9 in partnership with MAYHEKS Culinary Arts and Restaurant Services Inc. (MCARSI).

The trainees experienced an assessment before being qualified to join in the livelihood program. They participated in a dialogue with the technician, staff, parents and YAWDs to vouch their cooperation throughout the activity.

Divided into small groups, the trainees followed a rigorous training design with the supervision of an assigned staff. They learned proper marketing, budgeting, preparation of different menus like caramel cake, jelly roll cake and cream cake. Each trainee also had a hands-on experience on how to bake and package the products themselves.

Blissful for the acquired skills, the YAWD trainees went home with big smiles truly appreciative of the opportunity given them.

Supporters of House Bill 3665 increased

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Proponents of House Bill 3665 intensified their advocacy campaigns in support of the fast lobbying of House Bill 3665 or the Children and Youth Empowerment Act of 2010. The most recent signature campaign increased to thousands the Bill’s supporters including local chief executives, officials, Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (DPOs), Parents’ Organizations and local stakeholders coming from the various cities and municipalities of the host provinces.

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(Centermost) BBCY Project Director Ms. Visitacion E. Apostol and Rep. Ted Casińo pose with partners and supporters of House Bill 3665

Bayan Muna Representative Teddy Casińo, author of the Bill led the salient undertaking together with the staff of Breaking Barriers for Children and Young Adults with Disabilities (BBCY) Project. It was geared towards increasing support for the immediate passage of the Bill and promoting community awareness on the rights of children and youth with disabilities.

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Representative Teddy Casińo, author of HB 3665 poses with the PWD sector-supportes of the piece of legislation

HB 3665 seeks to establish Stimulation and Therapeutic Activity Centers (STAC) for children and youth with disabilities throughout the country. The STAC is a comprehensive and low-cost rehabilitation facility initiated and piloted by the BBCY Project in 138 cities and municipalities that eventually inspired the creation of HB 3665. The Bill has been recently approved by the Committee on Social Services of the Congress and has been recommended for fine-tuning before its plenary deliberation.

signature campaignDuring the August 4 campaign in Aklan Training Center, the presence of high-profiled officials proved their sincere efforts to help the PWDs. On top of them were Aklan Governor represented by Atty. Diego Luces, Vice Governor Gabrielle Calizo – Quimpo, Board Member Raymar Rebaldo, Vice Mayor Madeline Regalado and other Councilors.

Engr. Bernardo Mercado – KAMPI Governor for Region 10, Dr. Ike Ampo – Former KAMPI governor and LGU officials of BBC –STAC areas also graced the August 18 activity at Cagayan Tourism Hall.

STAC in Marikina City launched

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Good news to the PWD sector!

After intensive negotiations and coordination between the local government unit of Marikina City and KAMPI-BBCY, the newest STACenter was launched in the city to provide brighter future for the children with disabilities.

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LGU Officials of Marikina City led by Mayor Del de Guzman and Vice Mayor Jose Fabian Cadiz together with KAMPI and BBCY staff during the MOA signing and launching of STAC in the City

This was formalized during the MOA signing held on August 15, 2011 participated in by BBCY Directors, National Project Director Ms. Visitacion E. Apostol, Co-Director Pepito DG Manio, Vice Director Hazel Joy Borja, and KAMPI Secretary Panfilo Maranatan. LGU officials and staff were present led by its Mayor, Hon. Del de Guzman and Vice Mayor Jose Fabian Cadiz.

STAC Mariking launchingThe LGU of Marikina commits to expand its existing rehabilitation programs for PWDs by adopting the STAC model of BBCY which caters accessible, comprehensive and low-cost rehabilitation programs and services for CWDs. This signifies that apart from the current rehabilitation component of the LGU for its PWDs, other components will also be added including social and special education (SpEd) activities and advocacy campaigns supportive of the rights of PWDs.

As of writing date, the BBCY Project prepares for a series of capacity-building workshops for the LGU and stakeholders in Marikina City to ensure smooth operation and sustainability of the STAC.

Monitoring of turned over STACs held

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Committed to ensuring that turned over STACenters are smoothly operating in accordance to the Project standards, BBCY Directors organized a monitoring workshop for STACs established in the province of Pangasinan and cities of Dagupan and Lingayen.

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BBCY Staff, partners and guests during the concurrent implementation of STAC Monitoring and training on improving the caring capacities of CWD nurturers

Organized per cluster, the series of workshops drew out the participation of hundreds of STAC staff, parent leaders and LGU from the STAC main center and satellites. Participants took the chance of presenting the status of STAC operations in their respective areas.

STAC MonitoringAs positive response, BBCY Project Management led by the Project Director Ms. Visitacion E. Apostol extended some technical assistance on the possible strategies they can do to bridge the operational gaps and ascertain the STAC sustainability.

The workshops were consecutively slated: STAC 7 – Urdaneta and STAC 15 – Rosales of Pangasinan had its activity on July 12; July 14 for STAC 9 – Dagupan and STAC 11 – San Carlos and; July 15 for STAC 12 – Lingayen and STAC 13 – Alaminos.

It can be recalled that the participating STACs were turned over to the LGUs sometime in the years 2006 and 2007. The BBCY team has since then exerted considerable efforts to ensure the sustained operation of the centers.

Nurturers of children with disabilities capacitated

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A total of 130 participants consisting of STAC parents, staff and rehabilitation partners took part in the last batch of seminar on increasing the caring capacities of the nurturers of children with disabilities. The feat was held at Mariano Marcos State University in Laoag City, September 21 and 22.

Contributing to the training success was the strong cooperation and assistance extended by the faculty and teaching staff of the school who provided logistical support during the activity.

Previous seminars conducted

caring capacities trainingA big boost on the capacities of the nurturers of children with disabilities (CWDs) was recently achieved with the series of empowerment trainings conducted by the BBCY Project in various STAC areas. The activities were replications of the recently concluded national workshops on improving the caring capacities of CWD nurturers.

Disability experts were invited as resource persons to discuss on the effective management of children with visual and physical impairments, behavioral and learning disability and deafness. The speakers successfully elaborated their talks with the participants interactively sharing their views and queries on the topics.

Seven consecutive trainings were implemented on the following dates and areas: June 21 & 22 at JJ’s Sea Food Village, Tagbiliran City, Bohol; June 23 & 24 at STAC Lapu Lapu, Brgy. Soong Mactan, Lapu Lapu City; July 11 & 12 at Urdaneta Garden Resort, Urdaneta City; July 13 & 14 at Dagupan Village Hotel, Dagupan City; July 15 & 16 at The President Hotel, Lingayen, Pangasinan; August 3 & 4 at Aklan Training Center, Old Buswang, Kalibo, Aklan and; August 17 & 18 at Hotel Conchita, Cagayan de Oro City

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Ms. Rizalinda Cansanay of Autism Society Philippines engages the participants in an open forum to talk about their experiences in handling children with autism

Hundreds of parents, STAC staff, caregivers and rehabilitation partners experienced state-of-the-art workshops aiming to augment their disability understanding and skills in handling children with cross disability.

public speaking trngThe BBCY Project likewise spearheaded public speaking trainings for the Parent leaders in the STAC to empower them as leading advocates of their childrens’ rights.

Practical tips on effective preparation and delivery talks were discussed and simulated. Autism Society Philippines Chair Emeritus, Ms. Erlinda “Dang” Koe acted as the trainer who passionately inspired her audience on the need for effective speech in order to better advocate the parent associations’ endeavors. Critiquing and feedback for improvement were also given to really improve the confidence and speaking abilities of the parents.

Implemented in two batches, the training reeled off on June 25 at STACenter in Lapu Lapu City and August 5 at Aklan Training Center.

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(3rd from left) Ms. Erlinda “Dang” Koe poses with BBCY staff and partners during the training