“Persons with Disabilities” include those who have long – term physical, mental,
intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may
hinder their full and effective participation in society in equal basis with others
(UNCRPD Article 1);
 “Federation of Persons with Disabilities” refers to a group composed of organizations
of and for persons with disabilities from national, regional, provincial, city and
municipal levels;
 “Disabled Peoples Organization” (DPO) refers to organization organized and
controlled by persons with disabilities;
 “Persons with Disabilities Affairs Office” refers to an office created pursuant to
Republic Act No. 10070 to ensure the implementation of programs and services for
persons with disabilities in eveery province, city and municipalty;
 “Personnel Selection Board” refers to a body established in every province, city, or
municipality to assist their respective local chief executive in the judicious and
objective selection of personnel for employment, as well as for promotion and
formulation of such policies that would promote the merit and fitness principle;
 “Focal Person” refers to an official/staff of in the fourth (4th), fifth (5th) and sixth (6th)
class municipalities designated or appointed by the municipal mayor to perform the
functions of PDAO.
 “Regional Committee on Disability Affairs” (RCDA) refers to the strategy adopted by
the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) at the regional level which serves
as a mechanism for convergence ad resource sharing in the implementation of
programs, projects and services for persons with disabilities. It also serves as a
forum for the formulation of recommendations, policies, and resolutions for the
adoption of member agencies to strengthen the implementation of programs and
 “Permanent Status” refers to employment status of an employee who meets all the
minimum qualification requirements of the position to which he/she is being
appointed, including the appropriate eligibility prescribed, in accordance with the
provisions of law, rules and standards promulgated in pursuance thereof (based on
CSC Omnibus Rules on Appointment and other Personnel Actions)
 “Temporary Status” refers to the employment status of an employee who meets the
education, experience and training requirements for the position to which he/she is
being appointed except for the appropriate eligibility but only in the absence of a
qualified eligible actually available, as certified to by the Civil Service Regional
Director or Field Officer. The appointment shall not exceed twelve months, reckoned
from the date it was issued but the appointee may be replaced sooner if a qualified
eligible who is willing to accept the appointment becomes available.
 “Qualification Standards” refers to minimum qualifications for a position which shall
include education, experience, training, civil service eligibility and physical
characteristics and personality traits required by the job.
Section 5. The Persons with Disabilities Affairs Office (PDAO) shall be established in all
provinces, cities, and first (1st), second (2nd) and third (3rd) class municipalities under
the office of the governor, city or municipal mayor, respectively. The PDAO may be a
department, division or section.
Section 6. The Sangguniang Panlalawigan/Panlunsod/Bayan shall pass an Ordinance
creating the PDAO organizational structure, staffing pattern and its annual appropriation
to carry out its functions.
In 4th, 5th, and 6th class municipalities, the municipal mayor shall designate or appoint
a Focal Person to perform the functions of PDAO.
Section 7. Priority shall be given to qualified person with disabilities in the appointment
of the head of PDAO for the provinces, cities and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd class municipalities,
and the Focal Person for 4th, 5th and 6th class municipalities.
Enforcement of Sections 325(a) and 331(b) of RA 7160 shall be waived to enable local
government units to fund the initial year requirements for newly created mandatory
positions in LGUs, as confirmed by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM)

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