Disability situation in the Philippines
The Philippines is rich in number of organisations of and for People With Disabilities, but the groups tend to be small and lacking resources - and to some extent organisational skills. The majority of activities take place in the capital region, where most of the larger organisations have their headquarters. Quite a few claim to be national organisations, but have few members in the provinces, or are due to lack of resources unable to maintain a proper communication with provincial members. There is no unanimously recognised umbrella organisation for the disabled in the Philippines, and there are very few of organisations concentrating on Children With Disabilities.
DPOD's focus areas in the Philippines
Based on the situation analysis the key focus areas of work for DPOD funded programme are identified as:
- Support to the unification process regarding the establishment of a national umbrella organisation.
- Support to organisational development and unification within single disability areas
- Training of DO officials in lobbying and public representation in order to equip them to interact effectively with different national and local political institutions, e.g. LGU development committee
- Training in management and administrative skills in relation to financial control, fund-raising, project implementation and monitoring, reporting, etc.
- Pilot projects for to develop models for service provision combined with awareness raising for Persons With Disabilities, parents of Children With Disabilities and concerned officials.
- Training in the UN Standard Rules, understanding and implementation