Cebu City, Philippines

January – December 2007

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1. Jan. 24 Cebu Doctors University Access talk and simulation with CDU-OT-PT students who later went on inspections. CDU-OT-PT students
2. Feb. 3 AMC-2 Inspected Tambuli Beach Resort. Found gentle ramps to dining and pool areas. But no special access built into guest rooms. NA
3. Feb. 23 DSWD-7 PWD Focal Person Shalaine Lucero Golden Valley Hotel: Kono & Pelaez facilitated a disability simulation as Adela gave a talk on how to show courtesy towards PWDs in wheelchairs and to the VIs Social Workers
(Sensitivity Training)
4. Feb. 24 AKAPIN/AMC Access Forum with Media TV audiences & newspaper readers of Cebu
5. Mar. 26 Cebu City Development Council (CCDC)
  • Re-inspected Parklane Hotel while having CCDC Meeting
  • Talked and advocated on access with
  • The Infra group re: Access of barangay health centers
  • The Econ group re: Access in hotel industry
  • The Dev.Ad Group re: how to go about Ordinance on Access (process)
All sub-committees of the Cebu City Development Council (CCDC)
6. Mar. 29 Cebu Doctor’s University (CDU), new campus building in Mandaue City Gave technical guidance to the new Cebu Doctor’s University in Mandaue City to include universal specifications in toilets, phones, switches, ramps, pool and auditorium. CDU Construction Supervisors
7. April 3 Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. Gathered sector for Convenor’s Forum at RAFI and highlighted need to call on government for stronger support for access implementation. Cebu City PWD sector representatives of ORA
8. April 24 Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. People’s Forum at RAFI with Mayor Tomas R. Osmeña and also Mary Ann de los Santos and asked for stronger support for access. Cebu Citys multi-sectoral representation
9. April 26 Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. People’s Forum at RAFI with Congressman Yapha, who is running for governor, and asked him for support of accessibility. Cebu City’s multi-sectoral representation
10. May 9
  • Office of the President
Transport Access Summit at Cebu Midtown Hotel emphasizing PWD passengers’ rights Cebu City public transport operators
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11. May 17
  • Southwestern University (SWU)
  • Cebu Society for Crippled Children, Inc. (Guardian Angels School for Children with Orthopedic Disabilities)
Met on-site at SWU’s elementary school comfort room facilities to discuss what changes to put in place to make it disabled-friendly and safe for the students of Guardian Angels School for Children with Orthopedic Disabilities. (The facilities were completed on July 26, 2007, making the SWU have the distinction of having the only set of toilets that are universal in standard in terms of grab bars and safety.)  
12. May 27 Chateau de Busay Resident Manager Inspected Chateau de Busay and gave technical advice on their toilet for universal specs. They were very receptive. (They later came to Century Plaza Hotel to see actual access features on universal standards in toilets.) Chateau de Busay Resident Manager, Mr. Victor Millora
13. June 18 Cebu City Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons (CCCWDP) Meeting with Hon. Gerry Carillo for CCCWDP :

  • Asked him to implement universal access for Lahug new public school.
  • Reiterated request for budget for access programs at 25,000
CCCWDP Members
14. June 19 RCWDP-7 Gave an orientation to new NDWDP Representative Ms. Evelyn Dolencio on the activities of the RCWDP-7 Accessibility Monitoring Committee—2 and the why and how of we are making pioneeering efforts in the field of advocating & implementing the universal standards of accessibility RCWDP-7 members & PWD representatives
15. July 15-21
(National Disability Week)
SM City Displayed a huge tarpaulin mural of the universal access standards SM City patrons
16. July 19 University of San Jose Recoletos (USJ-R) Tynee Ruedas gave an advocacy talk for a barrier-free environment for PWDs USJ-R college students
17. July 20 SM City The team gave 2 talks :

  • “Creating a PWD-friendly Mall”
  • “Courtesies towards PWDs”
SM Mall administrators
18. July 25 Management Division, University of the Philippines College Cebu Prof. Chaves called on Adela (old classmates) to inspect their ramp to the AVR. It was found to be too steep and recommendation was made to make a new one with a gentle slope as prescribed by law and this would be build alongside the front of the building. (Months later, it had already been corrected.) UP building administrator
19. July 28 Philippine Air Lines, Mactan, Cebu The team gave 2 sets of talks (AM & PM) on the proper handling of PWD plane passengers PAL supervisors and passenger handlers
20. July 31 Consultation Meeting on Public-Private Partnership in Railway Development & Operation, Ecotech Center, Lahug, Cebu City
  • LGUs heads
  • RDC-7 private sector reps
  • Line agency regional directors
  • Congressmen
  • major industrial players
  • chambers of commerce
  • etc.
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21. Aug. 1-4 NCWDP Mid-term Evaluation of the Philippine Decade of Persons with Disabilities (including the area on accessibility) Nationwide attendance of :

  • RCWDPs
  • line agencies
  • PWD leaders
  • DSWD heads & focal persons
22. Aug. (?) Philippine International Travel Mart 2007 AMC-2 Member, Christine “Tynee” Ruedas, gave postcards of AMC offering people in the tourism business our contact details and services for disabled-friendly travel. Participants of the 1st Philippine International Travel Mart 2007
23. Aug. 15 Cañizares of One Mango Ave. Mall Adela, upon the request of Arch’t JM Cañizares, went to check their One Mango building for access and give technical guidance on the universal access of toilets. So far, ramps were very satisfactory and the floors were of non-skid material. Toilet cubicles were also wide. Construction supervisor
24. Aug. 16 DOT Secretary Ace Durano at DOT Regional Office, Lahug, Cebu City Both gave a powerpoint presentation on the universal standards of access that would be desirable for implementation with the tourism industry, both for local & foreign guests. He was very open to our ideas and was grateful “for educating” him. While it is not yet law, he agreed it is good to add value to hotel amenities and prepare for medical tourism by making our hotels disabled-friendly. We left him a CD copy of our presentation. DOT Secretary Ace Durano
25. Sept. 25
  • NORFIL Foundation
  • CBM International
Both gave a talk presentation to the CBR Area-based Coordinators’ Training Level Ⅱ on the issue of disabled-friendly environments and basic courtesies towards disabled persons, especially on wheelchairs. CBR area-based coordinators at Tubod Flowing Water Resort, Minglanilla, Cebu
26. Sept. 27 Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes Both gave a powerpoint presentation on the universal standards of access that would be desirable for implementation with the industrial sector for the employment of PWDs. He said this would be one ordinance he would be supportive of, as he experienced having difficulty assisting his mother when she was on a wheelchair.
  • Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes
  • Engr. Marlo Ocleasa –Mandaue OBO
27. Sept. 28 Infrastructure Committee: Regional Dev’t Council-7 Issues addressed : DPWH-7 memo on universal access not reaching the Mandaue City OBO

  • Did advocacy talk with DPWH-RD Dellosa of Siquijor
  • Access of Negros Pier Terminal
RDC members
28. Oct. 5 Philippine Air Lines, Manila Sensitivity Training for PAL Wheelchair Assistance Group :

  • Matters discussed:
  • check-in procedures
  • priority seating arrangement

PWD handling in terminal and on plane

PAL AVP’s and other officers and 20 wheelchair assistants at Centennial 2 board room
29. Nov. 22-24 DOTC-NCR National Technical Working Group Meeting on Transport and Disability (PASAKAY Alliance) Pinagsamang Lakas ng may Sasakyan para sa may Kapansanan ng Bayan. Matters discussed :

  • organizational structure
  • responsibilities
  • activities
  • long-term plans on how to make transport accessible for the PWD sector

national transport summit in March

Core members :

  • 3 National GO’s
  • 7 DPO’s
  • 6 Transport cooperatives / orgs

(Done at Imperial Palace Suites, Manila)

30. Nov. 29 ORA Access issues and budgetary requirements were called for at CEBU +10 exercise at Waterfront Hotel. Cebu City accredited NGO reps
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31. Dec. 13-14
  • JICA Non-handicapping Environment Team
  • CBM SEAPRO officers
  • ORA


Accessibility Best Practice Exposure (Cebu) :

  • AVRC-2
  • Cebu Provincial Capitol
  • DSWD-7
  • Adam Jennie’s

Mandaue City Hall

  • JICA Non-handicapping Environment Team
  • CBM SEAPRO officers
32. Dec. 17-22 Asia-Pacific Center for Disability (APCD), Bangkok, Thailand Non-Handicapping Environment (NHE) Training Learnings :

  • Universal design
  • government intervention
  • accessible toursim

PWD participation in legislation

Participants from Thailand, India, Laos, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Philippines :

  • Thai College of Architecture faculty
  • Architects
  • DPO’s
  • Railway officers

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