CASE STUDY ON THE CONDUCT OF TRAINING AND COMPETENCY ASSESSMENT FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN BARISTA NC II AND HOUSEKEEPING NC II

Persons with disabilities in the Philippines is estimated to be about 1,443,000 persons or 1.57% of the total household population in the Philippines. The statistics show that there are more male (50.9%) than female (49.1%) PWDs. They are described as those whose 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. They are considered to be one of the most marginalized and economically disadvantaged groups not only in the country but worldwide especially in developing countries. Inclusion of all in development is the common theme of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2015 - 2030, the sequel of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 2000 - 2015. The Philippine government is not far behind in ensuring the marginalized sector including Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) to be covered in all government services.While the United Nations unanimously adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on 13th December 2006, which entered into force on 3rd May 2008, the Philippines as early as 1992 had already passed its Magna Carta for Persons with Disabilities, the law which provides guidelines on the treatment and mainstreaming of PWDs in Philippine society. In education under the Magna Carta, the PWDs are entitled to educational assistance to pursue primary, secondary, tertiary, post tertiary as well as a vocation or technical education in both public and private schools. The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has since the promulgation of the law had partnered with various national government agencies tried to ensure the implementation of technical and vocational education for PWDs. In 2014 to 2016 it reported that a number of PWDs availed of skills training in various training centers all over the country. The education sector, however, is still beset by a number of challenges such as high rate of school dropouts, a high number of repeaters, low passing grades, lack of particular language skills, failure to adequately address special needs of people, overpopulated classrooms, and poor teacher