Counting Filipino PWDs

Back in 2010, close to 1.5 million people of the total household population in the Philippines have been persons with disability. Most of them live in Region IV-A and most of them are men.

It was clarified in the report, though, that there were more men age 64 years old below interviewed than women in the same age group. There were also fewer men age 65 years old above because of the higher survival rate of women than men.

Unfortunately, the survey wasn’t conducted until after six years and its results weren’t readily available online till now; the PWDs were said to have refused participation “because the same samples was used by other household surveys conducted on the same quarter.”

The Philippine Statistics Authority, for its part, conducted the National Disability Prevalence Survey/Model Functioning Survey in 2016 to provide “detailed and nuanced information on how people conduct their lives and the difficulties they encounter regardless of any underlying health condition or impairment.” It would have helped “identify the barriers that contribute to the problems that people encounter which in turn help guide policy and development as well as contribute in monitoring Sustainable Development Goals.”

“There is still a heavy reliance on World Health Organization estimates that 10 percent of the country’s given population have some form of disability. The Department of Education claims that less than 3 percent of children and youth with disabilities have proper access to education, due to a lack of teachers trained to handle students with special needs and inadequate allocation of resources for educational materials in alternative formats to accommodate their needs.” ~ Maria Isabel T. Buenaobra


  1. The 2010 Census was released in January 10, 2013.
  2. The Region IV-A, otherwise known as Calabarzon, consists of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, and Lucena.
  3. Males with disability outnumbered females in the age groups 0 to 64 years. The largest excess in the number of males was in the age group 0 to 14 years with a sex ratio of 121 males per 100 females. On the other hand, there were more females with disability than males in the age group 65 years and over. This is because of the higher survival rate of women than men. In this age group, there were 70 males with disability per 100 females.

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