The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of persons with autism spectrum disorder. The ASP has been in the forefront of providing services and training to families living with autism.

21 November 2011

Filipinos with Disabilities Organized a Coalition on the UNCRPD

By: Ranilo Sorongon, ASP Executive Director


The UNCRPD or the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a vital document providing the foundation for PWDs to claim their rights on an equal basis with other citizens of the world.


The ratification of the UNCRPD by the Philippine Government in April 15, 2008, brought a renewed hope to the most marginalized sector of Philippine society. This hope propels the PWD sector to connect to wider horizons outside their physical domain to find allies and supporters to claim for rights from the duty bearers. It also became a unifying factor for the PWD sector to work as a movement to monitor how our government implements the convention.


On December 2010, the International Disability Alliance (IDA) consulted known leaders of the PWD sector to introduce Parallel Reporting as a tool to gauge the implementation of the UNCRPD. PWD leaders who attended the five-day training last February 2011, agreed that the Parallel Reporting is the best way to monitor the implementation of UNCRPD. A core group, composed of 18-member organization was organized. This group is formally known as the Philippine Coalition on the UNCRPD.


The Philippine Coalition on the UNCRPD


The following are the members of the coalition:

*** ALYANSA NG MAY KAPANSANANG PINOY

*** AUTISM SOCIETY PHILIPPINES

*** GOVERNMENT UNION FOR THE INTEGRATION OF DIFFERENTLY-ABLED EMPLOYEES

*** KATIPUNAN NG MGA MAYKAPANSANAN SA PILIPINAS

*** LAS PI√ĎAS FEDERATION OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

*** LEONARD CHESHIRE DISABILITIY PHILIPPINES

*** LIFE HAVEN

*** NEW VOIS ASSOCIATION

*** NOVA FOUNDATION

*** PARENTS ASSOCIATION OF VISUALLY IMPAIRED CHILDREN

*** PHILIPPINE ASSOCIATION FOR CITIZENS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL AND LEARNING DISABILITIES

*** PHILIPPINE CHAMBER FOR MASSAGE INDUSTRY FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED

*** PHILIPPINE DEAF RESOURCE CENTER

*** PHILIPPINE FEDERATION OF THE DEAF

*** PUNLAKA

*** QUEZON CITY FEDERATION OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

*** TAHANANG WALANG HAGDANAN

*** WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES LEAP TO SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC PROGRESS



The Philippine Coalition on the UNCRPD’s goal is come up come up with a comprehensive report on the status of the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities in the Philippines, to complement the State’s Report that will be submitted to the UN CRPD Committee.


Autism Society Philippines will dedicate a section in its e-newsletter on the UNCRPD to update the readers about the coalition and its activities starting with this issue.

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