College is the right time to break barriers and give persons with disabilities a chance to create change and improve their lives. Disabled persons are part of the Philippine society and have the same rights as other people to take their proper place in the face of the society. The Senate supports the improvement of their total well-being so they are able to integrate into the mainstream of society. It shall develop their skills and potentials to enable them to compete favorably for available opportunities.
The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) is the national government agency mandated to formulate policies and coordinate the activities of all agencies, whether public or private, concerning disability issues and concerns. As such, the NCDA is the lead agency tasked to steer the course of program development for persons with disabilities and the delivery of services to the sector.
The NCDA is tasked to monitor the implementation of several laws to ensure the protection of PWDs’ civil and political rights. These laws include Republic Act No 7277 (Magna Carta for Disabled Persons), Batas Pambansa Blg. 344 (Accessibility Law), Republic Act 6759 (White Cane Act) and ILO Convention No. 159 (Vocational Rehabilitation of Persons With Disability).
It has also been tasked, through Proclamation No. 125, to coordinate activities and to monitor the observance of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons (1993-2002) in the Philippines. Proclamation No. 125 was issued by the President on January 15, 1993, to enjoin both the government and the private entities to organize projects based on the policy categories mentioned in the agenda for action of the decade.
The population of PWDs in the Philippines is about 940,000 people (1.23% of the population at large) according to the census executed in 2000. However, if the estimate ratio 10% of World Health Organization (WHO) is applied, about 9.2 million people are PWDs in the Philippines as of 2010. The rights of PWDs in the Philippines have been covered by the enactment of the Philippine Republic Constitution in 1987, the promulgation of the Republic Act No. 7277 (alias “Magna Carta of Persons with Disabilities (Great charter)”) in 1992 and the promulgation of the Republic Act No. 9442 (articles of amendment on the Magna Carta) in 2007.
112 MJ Cuenco Street,
Other Branches/Extensions: Angelicum School, Iloilo
Telephone: 02 732 4243
Caters to: Students with orthopedic impairment and learning disabilities.
De La Salle College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB)
2544 Taft Avenue, Manila
Telephone: 02 526 7441 loc. 315
Caters to: Students with visual impairment, hearing/speech impairment, learning disabilities, and learning disabilities.
Facilities/Assistive Devices providing: Ramp and services of sign language interpreters.
Scholarships offered: Scholarships are available.
Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (EARIST)
Telephone: 02 716 6272
Caters to: Students with orthopedic impairment.
Facilities/Assistive Devices providing: Ramp
Mapua Institute of Technology
2544 Taft Avenue, Manila
Other Branches/Extensions: MCL/MHSS/MAPUA – Makati
Telephone: 02 247 5000
Email: email@example.com ; or firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: www.mapua.edu.ph ; www.facebook.com/MapuaInstitute
Caters to: Students with orthopaedic impairment.
Facilities/Assistive Devices providing: Use of elevator.
Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights
Quezon City 1108
Telephone: 02 407 6971; 02 580 5400
Caters to: Students with orthopedic impairment, hearing/speech impairment, neurodevelopmental disorders.
Note: PWDs are accepted provided they pass the entrance exam.
Facilities/Assistive Devices providing: They provide accessible facilities (e.g. toilet, phone booth, etc), ramp, notetakers for deaf/tutorials and provide assistance of Sign Language Interpreters.
Scholarships offered: 1. Academic scholarships; 2. partial scholarships for support services and transportation.
Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM)
Gen. Luna cor. Muralla Streets
Telephone: 02 528 4584; 02 528 4572;
02 527 1466
Email: refer to website for particular concern
Caters to: Students with visual impairment, orthopedic impairment, hearing impairment, speech impairment.
Scholarships offered: All scholarships are offered to all qualified students with or without disabilities.
Philippine Normal University (PNU)
Taft Avenue, Manila
Other Branches: PNU – Cadiz, PNU – Isabela, PNU- Lopez, PNU – Agusan
Telephone: 02 527 6664; 02 527 0375
Caters to: Students with visual and hearing impairments.
Facilities/Assistive Devices providing:
They provide accessible facilities (e.g. toilet, phone booth, etc), braille printer, magnifier, ramp, wheelchair.
Scholarships offered: 1. REAP (Recto’s Education Assistance Program); 2. Students are supported by RBI; 3. World Learning-Global Exchange Program for East Asia and the Pacific.
St Joseph’s College of Quezon City (SJCQC)
295 E. Rodriguez Sr. Blvd., Quezon City
Telephone: 02 723 0221 to 23 or 02 725 5197
Caters to: Students with orthopedic impairment, hearing/speech impairment, learning disabilities, psychosocial/mental disabilities.
Facilities/Assistive Devices providing: SJCQC has a SPED Department that is equipped with facilities responding to the needs of special children with disabilities.
University of the Philippines (UP)
2/F Quezon Hall, University of the Philippines
Diliman, Quezon City 1101
Telephone: 02 928 0110; 02 928 3014
Caters to: Students with disabilities initially thru their Special UP College Admission Test (UPCAT). Admission Office (OA) conducts UPCAT thru Braille and can even produce Braille materials.
OA accommodates those with Visual Disability, Orthopaedic Disability, Hearing/Speech Disability, Learning Disability, Psychosocial/Mental Disability, and acquired Disability from injuries and those with Muscular Distrophy.
The OA provides facilities/assistive technologies such toilet, phone booth, sign language interpreter, computerized answer sheets and laptops if necessary.
UP Open University – offers Non-Traditional Modes of Teaching Delivery wherein they improve their course design and delivery thru application of universal design principles.
College of Education Special Education Program (SPED) – teaching units of UP such as College of Education in UP Diliman are expected to produce graduates that will cater to those with special needs or with learning disabilities.
UP Manila – College of Allied Medical Professions (CAMP) – it seeks to address the needs of persons with disabilities thru physical rehabilitation as well as their social, emotional and psychological needs.
The CAMP offers extension program thru its Clinic for Therapy Services that caters to all types of disabilities whether developmental or acquired. The College provides accessible toilets, phone booth, ramps, magnifiers, and wheelchairs.
Facilities of UP System: To comply with Accessibility Law the UP System has the Office of Design and Planning Initiatives that ensures that new constructions and renovations of existing facilities in all UP campuses shall be compliant with the law.
University of Santo Tomas (UST)
España Blvd., Manila
Telephone: 02 406 1611 loc. 8211;
DL 02 731 4311; 02 786 1611
Caters to: Students with orthopedic impairment (all Colleges), visual impairment (College of Commerce), and Multiple Sclerosis (Graduate School).
Facilities/Assistive Devices providing:
They provide accessible facilities (e.g. toilet, phone booth, etc.), elevator, braille printer, magnifier (College of Science), ramp and wheelchair.
Scholarships offered: 1. College of Accountancy – Academic scholarship for deserving, grade based; 2. College of Architecture – University Scholarship; 3. Civil Law – same academic scholarship for all others; 4. Graduate School – DOST national science conservation scholarship program and CHED scholarship.
Further reading, http://www.ncda.gov.ph/universitiescolleges/
With regard to accessibility, the Accessibility Law B.P. 344 intended for barrier-free on building and public transportation. However, in terms of the implementation of the law, little progress has been made and a further effort should be undertaken in the Philippines.
For example, steep ramps and ramps without handrails are seen left and right and most buildings are not accessible for PWDs. Thus, PWDs cannot fully participate in community development activities, which lead them to be trapped in poverty.
Access to education, access to health care and access to employment are all limited for PWDs towards self-reliance and economic independence. Negative attitude toward PWDs worsens their situation and makes their participation more difficult. The project aims at promoting physical accessibility on built-environment, and social accessibility on regulation, system, and people’s attitude in community.
In order to create NHE in the Philippines, the project implements activities based on a series of five (5) components/outputs as follows: Output 1) Implementing Mechanism to define the implementing and monitoring mechanisms, Output 2) Profiling to grasp/assess the situation on PWDs and physical accessibility, Output 3) Capacity Development to enhance capacity of counterparts/stakeholders, empower PWDs and their groups/organizations and promote their participation, Output 4) Advocacy to promote a removal of barriers in society, and Output 5) Networking to disseminate/share project experiences and NHE with International/National stakeholders.
Please see the PDF below for the listingPWD School Directory
The main purpose of the directory is to provide information on available services given by the Public and Private Universities/ Colleges in all regions of the country to students with disabilities wanting to pursue tertiary level of education. The information provided will not only benefit students with disabilities but also parents, service providers and the general public on available services run by these educational institutions.
Accommodating persons with disabilities (PWDs) in higher education has always been an uphill battle. Due to their varying limitations, accepting PWDs has not been easy for colleges and universities.
The schools want to create an environment, a society that’s equal and equitable. They want to make sure that people are able to access higher education and get the necessary support they need to do just that. They try to open all courses for the PWD students as long as they pass the entrance exam.