Persons with disabilities (PWDs), according to the UN Convention on the Rights of 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 an equal basis with others.
Globally, over 1 billion people, or approximately 15% of the world’s population, have some form of disability. About 110 to 190 million people 15 years and older have significant difficulties in functioning. Moreover, the rapid spread of chronic diseases and population ageing contribute to the increasing rates of disability. About 80% of the world’s PWDs live in low-income countries, wherein majority are poor and cannot access basic services. With their conditions, PWDs need greater attention and considerations in terms of health needs, without discrimination. However, reports show that PWDs have less access to health services and therefore have greater unmet needs (WHO, 2012.)
In the Philippines, the results of the 2010 Census of Population and Housing (CPH, 2010) show that of the household population of 92.1 million, 1.443 million Filipinos or 1.57%, have a disability.
A country where all persons with disability, including children and their families, have full access to inclusive health and rehabilitation services.
A program designed to promote the highest attainable standards of health and wellness for PWDs by fostering a multi-sectoral approach towards a disability inclusive health agenda.
  1. To address barriers and improve access and reasonable accommodations of    PWDs to health care services and programs.
  2. To ensure the accessibility, availability, appropriateness and affordability of habilitation and rehabilitation services for PWDs, including children with disabilities.
  3. To ensure the development and implementation of policies and guidelines, health service packages, including financing and provider payment schemes for health services of PWDs.
  4. To enhance capacity of health providers and stakeholders in improving the health status of PWDs.
  5. To strengthen collaboration and synergy with and among stakeholders and sectors of society to improve response to a disability inclusive health agenda through regular dialogues and interactions.
  6. To provide the mechanism in facilitating the collection, analysis and dissemination of reliable, timely and complete data and researches on health-related issues of PWDs in order to develop and implement evidence-based policies and interventions.
  1. removal of barriers and improve access to health services and programs;
  2. strengthening and expansion of rehabilitation, habilitation, assistive technology, and community-based rehabilitation;
  3. strengthen collection of relevant and internationally comparable data on  disability and support research on disability and related services.
All filipinos with physical and mental disabilities
Zamboanga Peninsula
  • Department of Social Works and Development
  • City/Municipality Social Works and Development
  • Philippine Health Insurance Corporation
  • Local Government Units and Non local Government Units
  • Department of Public Works and Highways
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Labor and Employment
  • Other Government Agencies
  • Peoples Organizations
  • Private Institution
Republic Act No. 7277
“An Act Providing for the Rehabilitation and Self-Reliance of Disabled Persons and Their Integration into the Mainstream of Society and for Other Purposes”
Republic Act No. 10754
“An Act Expanding the Benefits and Privileges of Persons with Disability and Execution of Its Implementing Rules and Regulations”
Administrative Order No. 2006-0003
Specifically provides the strategic framework and operational guidelines for the implementation of Health Programs for PWD’s
  • Removal of barriers and improve access to health services and programs
People with disabilities, including children, encounter a range of attitudinal, physical and systemic barriers when they attempt to access health care such as physical barriers related to the architectural design of health facilities or health providers’ lack of adequate knowledge and skills in providing services for persons with disabilities, among many others. 
  • Strengthening and expansion of rehabilitation, habilitation, assistive technology, and community based rehabilitation
Habilitation and rehabilitation are “sets of measures that assist individuals, who experience or are likely to experience disability, to achieve and maintain optimal functioning, in interaction with their environments”. Encompassing medical care, therapy and assistive technologies, they should begin as early as possible and be made available as close as possible to where people with disabilities live.
  •  Strengthening collection of relevant and internationally comparable disability data and support disability researches 
Data is needed to strengthen health care systems, as it informs policy and interventions.  These can be collected through dedicated disability surveys, or disaggregating data from other data collection efforts by disability status, and research.
  • Community –based Rehabilitation Training (2015)
  • PWD Congress 2016 and 2017 Region-wide
  • Advocacy on RA7277 “Magna Carta for PWD’s” and RA 10754 An Act Expanding the Benefits and Privileges of Persons with Disability and Execution of Its Implementing Rules and Regulations
      • Community-based orientation/ information dessimination on PWD’s Rights and Previledges
      • Multi-media Campaign on PWD Rights and Previledges
      • Health Forum/ Advocacies in different Cities and Municipalities of Zamboanga Peninsula
      • Development of skills/active participation (PWD Painting Contest)
  • Yearly Celebration/Observance of the National Disability Week
  • Participation to Inter-agency Stakeholders Quarterly Meeting
  • Medical Missions to different areas in Zampeninsula
  • Provision Assistive Devices:  Walker, Canes, Wheelchairs, Walking Stick for the Blind Provision of Medicines
July 17
PWD Week Celebration
Vitali, Zamboanga City
Curuan, Zamboanga City
PWD Painting Contest
Zamboanga City
Zamboanga Del Sur
Zamboanga Del Norte
Zamboanga Sibugay
PWD Congress “Youth Camp” (Pagadian City)
Pagadian City, Zamboanga Del Sur
June, September & October
Orientation on Persons with Disability’s Health
Zamboanga City
Joint DMOs- PHO Quarterly Meeting on PWD Health
Zamboanga Del Sur
Zamboanga Del Norte
Zamboanga Sibugay
Year round
Health and Wellness of the Differently-abled Persons  (Advocacy, Health Caravan, Health Summit)
Zamboanga Del Sur:
  • Dumalinao
  • Pitogo
  • San Miguel
  • Tambulig
  • Ramon Magsaysay
  • Pagadian
  • San Pablo
  • Tigbao
  • Dimataling
  • Tabina
  • Sagun
  • Labangan
  • Sominot
  • Midsalip
  • Dumingag
  • Lapuyan
  • Guipos
  • Josefina
  • Aurora
  • Mahayag
  • Molave
  • Tukuran
  • Bayog
  • Dinas
  • Lakewood
  • Margosatubig
  • Olutanga
  • Talusan
  • Mabuhay
  • Alicia
  • Buug
  • Ipil
  • Kabasalan
Zamboanga Sibugay
  • Imelda
  • Titay
  • Tungawan
  • RT Lim
  • Diplahan
  • Siay
  • Payao
  • Naga
  • Malangas
Zamboanga Del Norte
  • Dipolog
  • Sergio Osmeña
  • Sirawai
  • La Libertad
  • Dapitan
  • Leon Postigo
  • Siayan
  • Sindangan
  • Salug
  • Godod
  • Sibuco
  • Sibutad
  • Piñan
  • Salug
  • Katipunan
In Zamboanga City 2010 census, PWD’s comprised 1.2% of the population, around 9,500 persons of the 803,282 household population had a disability.  This proportion of persons with disability (PWD) is higher than the proportion in 2000, which was 0.6 percent of the 599,792 household population of the city during that year.  The number of PWD for the same year was around 3,900
More females than males among those with functional difficulty
 Of the 708,090 household population five years and over, 2.9 percent (20,282 persons) had at least one type of functional difficulty either in seeing, hearing, walking or climbing steps, remembering or concentrating, self-caring (bathing or dressing), or communicating.  There were more females (53.1 percent) than males (46.9 percent) among those persons with at least one type of functional difficulty
Moreover, of the total 20,282 persons aged five years and over with at least one type of functional difficulty, 72.9 percent reported difficulty in seeing, even if wearing eyeglasses. .  There were 22.3 percent who had difficulty in walking or climbing steps; 15.9 percent had difficulty in hearing, even if using a hearing aid; 12.4 percent had difficulty in communicating; 11.3 percent had difficulty in remembering or concentrating; and 8.0 percent had difficulty in self-caring (bathing or dressing).
Rolando Lilienthal L. Bucoy, MD
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September 15, 2017