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On the UN International Day of Persons With Disabilities, we were fortunate to have guested on the CNN Philippines show Serbisyo All Access. It is the public service show of CNN Philippines where they answer questions from the viewers. As a founder of the PWDPhil, I was more than eager to answer questions many of us are not aware about. The Pinoy with Disability is not a special Pinoy who wants to be treated differently. Like you and me, the PWD wants to be treated equally, fairly and to be included in all activities of nation-building.

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Serbisyo All Access gave me and Ruthesia Cuaresma (who we fondly call Mommy Ruth), the opportunity to help educate the people about how PWDs should be treated. As mentioned in a previous article, PWDs need not be treated like they are idiots, they are people like you and me that need to be treated no differently.

One of the questions asked was the statistics on the number of PWDs in the Philippines. The basic determinant of that number is usually the PWD ID. This ID card is considered to be a government-issued ID and is usually for life, unless the disability ceases to be, for some reason. It has been known to happen.

According to the Philippine National Statistics Office, 1.6% of the country’s ppopulation are PWDs. However, there is no breakdown of that number, meaning it cannot be determined what kind of disability ranks as the most number of afflicted people and there is also no record of multiple disabilities, as there are people who suffer from more than one disability. Neither does the number give information on persons whose disabilities were inborn and who acquired their disability from a disease or accident.

Hosts Amelyn Veloso and Gani Oro asked about the importance of having the right statistics on PWDs. This is crucial so the national government can properly and effectively plan and budget for the various programs that, by law, must include PWDs such as housing, medical care and education.

One of Mommy Ruth’s disappointments about the system is the attitude towards PWDs. And I agree. It is the general public’s attitude and treatment of PWDs that make it increasingly difficult for them to be included in all our activities. So much so that some families of PWDs deny the existence of a disability if it is something that doesn’t manifest in appearance, such as Lupus, ADHD and mental problems. Recognizing the problem is the first step to its solution.

Again thank you very much to CNN Philippines for having us today.

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  1. Jeferson G. Idano Jeferson G. Idano

    Dear Admin,

    Greetings to PWD Philippines

    I am Jeferson G. Idano from Novaliches, Quezon City 32 years old. I
    have my driver’s license since 2005
    but unfortunately I suffered a Post Polio last year. The expiry of my ID
    is on 2017. Am I eligible to renew my
    Driver’s Licence?

    Thank You and more power to this organization. Lastly, how can I be a
    member of PWD Philippines


    Jeferson Idano

    • good day PWD Ph!

      i want to know if theres any job available for us, where we can apply and how? thank you in advance

  2. San po ba pweding mag apply ng trabaho ang katulad Kong pwd 19 years old na ko wala po right hand graduate po ako ng high school at nag take din ako ng computer technician sa xavier tesda , sana po matulungan ninyo ako na makahanap ng trabaho . God bless sa inyo

  3. Edgar L. Carriaga Edgar L. Carriaga


    Hihingi po sana ko ng konting tulong para mkapagtrabaho po ako, kailangan ko lang po talaga makapagtrabaho pra saakingb pamilya, ako po ay may kapansanan sa Paa pro nkakalakad naman po. Maraming salamat po kung sino man po ang tutugon.

  4. Edgar L. Carriaga Edgar L. Carriaga

    Hihingi po sana ko ng konting tulong para mkapagtrabaho po ako, kailangan ko lang po talaga makapagtrabaho pra saakingb pamilya, ako po ay may kapansanan sa Paa pro nkakalakad naman po. Maraming salamat po kung sino man po ang tutugon. Eto ang contact # 09056657978 ko sir / madam. Salamat po

  5. Andy malbas Andy malbas

    Good evening Po!isa Po akong pwd,at my pwd ID Po ako.panu Po b maka avail Ng scholarship kahit tesda Lang Po?

  6. Tiburcio Gepiga Jr. Tiburcio Gepiga Jr.

    hi,iam Tiburcio Gepiga Jr.Pwd’s from San simon st.brgy.holy spirit QC…my disability is ortho.n iam seeking for s job just to secure my future for having a work and income..saan po ba ako pwd mg apply n Hindi po hustle ung ways of applying for s person with disability like me..tagal ko n tlga pangarap mgkaroon ng work..graduate po ako ng college taking of BS Science in Computer napakahiram po skn n makahanap ng work…hope you will help me..thank you and God Bless.

  7. Beverly Beverly

    Greetings to PWD Phils. Would like to ask on how to apply for financial assistance specifically for educational assistance for my child who is hearing impaired. She is currently in Kinder. Appreciate your reply. Thank you so much.

  8. Sir/Madam,
    mgandang araw po.. ako nga po pala si Niño (handicap), 23 years old.. taga Cauayan city, isabela po ako..bale graduated na po ako year 2023 with the course of BSBA major in marketing management.. matgal na po akong nag aapply ng trabaho dito sa amen pero hindi po ako maka pasok sa mga ina applyan ko..lumapit na din po sa PWD dito samen pero till now wala pa po silang response.. sa cityhall nman po meron pong PESO ..ilang beses na po akong nag apply kaso di pa rn po ako natatanggap.. gusto ko po sanang humingi ng tulong para magkatrabago..kasi mtanda na po yung papa ko..salamat po..

  9. Lolita Lintag Lolita Lintag


    i would like to know if there are job opportunities for PWDs in Cebu City. Thank you.

  10. Am celso pasion registered mech engineer mapua graduate 58 yo suffered mild stroke 6 yrs ago can walk talk speak fluent english. Pls help find mec job am good in math pwde po ako sa high school or elementary magturo kahit walang bayad po from pandacan manila

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