Memorandum Circular No. 2010 – 103 Establishment of Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) in
Every Province, City and Municipality Pursuant to RA 10070
Republic of the Philippines
Department of the Interior and Local Government
A. Francisco Gold Condominium II, EDSA cor. Mapagmahal St.
Pinyahan, Quezon City
September 23, 2010
MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR
NO. 2010 – 103
TO : PROVINCIAL GOVERNORS, CITY AND MUNICIPAL MAYORS, DILG REGIONAL DIRECTORS AND OTHERS
CONCERNED
SUBJECT : ESTABLISHMENT OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITY AFFAIRS OFFICE (PDAO) IN EVERY PROVINCE,
CITY AND MUNICIPALITY PURSUANT TO RA 10070
1.0 LEGAL BASES:
Pursuant to Republic Act No. 10070 an Act Establishing an Institutional Mechanism to ensure the
Implementation of Programs and Services for Persons with Disabilities in every Province, City and
Municipality, Amending Section 40 of Republic Act No. 7277, Otherwise known as the “Magna Carta
for Disabled Persons― as Amended, and for Other Purposes, a Persons with Disability Affairs Office
(PDAO) shall be organized and established in every province, city and municipality.
In consideration of budget restraints, local chief executives of fourth (4th), and fifth (5th) and sixth (6th)
class municipalities may, in lieu of the creation of PDAO, designate a focal person who shall perform the
functions of the PDAO. Priority in appointment should be given to a PWD with experience in providing
services to PWDs. The establishment of a PDAO or the DESIGNATION of a focal person, as the case may
be, should be done in consultation and coordination with the National Council on Disability Affairs
(NCDA), NGOs and POs.
2.0 PURPOSE:
This Circular is issued to provide guidelines on the establishment of Person with Disability Affairs Office
(PDAO) and designation of PWD Affairs Officers or Focal Person.
3.0 QUALIFICATIONS:
A PWD Affairs Officer or Focal Person shall e designated by the Local Chief Executive, with the following
qualifications:
1. A Filipino citizen and resident of the city or municipality for at least one (1) year;
2. A registered voter of the concerned city or municipality
3. Able to read and write and
4. Must be a bonafide member and duly accredited PWD organization with a track record of at least
three (3) years.
The nominees for the Head of PDAO or Focal Persons shall be chosen or recommended in a general
assembly by and among the organizations of PWDs in the province, city or municipality. The list of
nominees shall be submitted to the Sanggunian Panlalawigan, Sanggunian Panlungsod or Sangguniang
Baya, which shall choose the three (3) nominees to be forwarded to the Office of the Local Chief
Executive.
4.0 TERM OF OFFICE OF THE PDAO
The Head of PDAO of Focal Person shall have a term of Office of three (3) years and shall be reappointed
for another term based on the Sanggunian selection process. In case of death, the remaining term shall
be served by the new appointee who has undergone the selection process.
5.0 FUNCTIONS OF THE OFFICE OF THE PDAO or Focal Person:
1. Formulate and implement policies, plans and programs for the promotion of the welfare of the PWDs
in coordination with concerned national and local government agencies;

Select target paragraph3