Administrative Order No. 35 – Directing all Departments, Bureaus, Government-owned and/or
controlled Corporations, Government Financial Institutions, Local Government Units, State
Universities/Colleges and Schools, and other Government/Instrumentalities to Promote and
Conduct Relevant Activities During the Annual Observance of the National Disability
Prevention and Rehabilitation Week
MALACANANG
Manila
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 35
DIRECTING ALL DEPARTMENTS, BUREAUS, GOVERNMENT-OWNED AND/OR
CONTROLLED CORPORATIONS, GOVERNMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, LOCAL
GOVERNMENT UNITS, STATE UNIVERSITIES/COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS, AND
OTHER GOVERNMENT/INSTRUMENTALITIES TO PROMOTE AND CONDUCT
RELEVANT ACTIVITIES DURING THE ANNUAL OBSERVANCE OF THE NATIONAL
DISABILITY PREVENTION AND REHABILITATION WEEK
WHEREAS, Proclamation No. 1870 was issued on June 22, 1979 declaring the third week of July
as the national Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week to highlight the nation’s
efforts towards disability prevention and rehabilitation leading to the effective integration of
persons with disabilities into mainstream of society as mandated under RA 727 otherwise known
as the Magna Carta for Disabled persons;
WHEREAS, Proclamation No.361 was subsequently issued on August 19, 2000 resetting the dates
of the annual observance of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week which
culminates on the birthdate of the sublime paralytic, Apolinario Mabini, on July 23 each year;
WHEREAS, the National Commission Concerning Disabled Persons (NCCDP) which was created
by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 1509 dated June 11, 1978, and became National Council for
the Welfare of Disabled Persons (NCWDP) by virtue of Executive Order No. 232 dated July 22,
1987, is mandated to serve as the central authority of the government which will direct, coordinate,
and integrate planning and management as well as implementation of all activities, public and
private, pertaining to the welfare of persons with disabilities;
WHEREAS, it is in the national interest to stimulate public awareness on all matters and issues
involving persons with disabilities and encourage every citizen to take active responsibility in
uplifting their economic and social conditions as well as recognizing the abilities of our brethren
with disabilities;
WHEREAS, these efforts require the re-affirmation of support by this Government in partnership
with non-government organizations working for/of persons with disabilities hand-in-hand wit
concerned agencies, as well as the private sector through the participation of the Filipino citizenry;
WHEREAS, in celebrating the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week,
there is a need to institute tangible programs to fully realize the objectives set forth in the aforecited
statutes;
WHEREAS, the activities of programs initiated to mark the celebration of the milestone achieved
for this marginalized sector will focus on encouraging the person with disability sector in taking
pro-active roles in nation building.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO, President of the Philippines, by
virtue of the power vested in me by law, do hereby order all heads of departments, bureaus,
agencies, government-owned and/or controlled corporations (GOCCs), government financial
institutions (GFIs), local government units (LGUs), state universities/colleges and schools, and
other government agencies/instrumentalities to promote and conduct relevant activities in the
annual celebration of the National Prevention and Rehabilitation week as follows:
SECTION 1., The National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons (NCWDP) will spearhead
the holding of a series of activities involving government and private agencies to highlight the

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