PSA-BARMM reports 2016 NDPS/MFS Results

February 26, 2020News Article Ref No.: NL-BARMM-20-004
From left: Cabigas of MSSD, Olivares of PSA Central Office, Mangelen of PSA-BARMM and Amad of MOH.

PSA-BARMM reported the results of the 2016 National Prevalence Survey / Model Functioning Survey (NDPS/MFS 2016) to the officials and representatives of partner agencies and institutions during the Regional Data Dissemination Forum last 20 December 2019 at Alnor Convention Center, Cotabato City. This is a simultaneous event of all PSA Regional Offices in the entire country.

This event was headed by OIC-RD Mangelen, together with Mahmur H. Sarail, Chief of the Statistical Planning and Coordination Division (SOCD) of PSA-BARMM; Chief Statistical Specialists (CSSs) of PSA-BARMM provincial offices and Maria Teresa V. Olivares, Senior Statistical Specialist of PSA Central Office.

OIC-RD Mangelen shared that the NDPS/MFS 2016 is the first ever nationwide disability prevalence survey in the Philippines. It was conducted by PSA last November to December 2016, in collaboration with the major health institutions in the country, suh as the Department of Health (DOH), World Health Organization (WHO), National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) and University of the Philippines (UP) – Manila.

Results of NDPS/MFS are vital for the formulation of evidence-based decisions and policies of the country, particularly in the health sector. It provides information on the relationship between health and the environment, needs of persons with different disability levels, as well as on the barriers and inequalityies they face.

According to him, the experts from PSA will give a detailed information of this survey and will report statistics on different indicators. These include information on socio-demographic characteristics, work history and benefits, environmental factors, functioning, health condition, personal assistance, health care utilization, well-being and empowerment. While listening to the statistics being reported, try to reflect on its implication to the actual situation.

OIC-RD Mangelen expressed his gratitude to the partner agencies for strong coordination, as well as the respondent households for the participation, which contributed to the successful realization of this survey and this activity.

Joery D. Amad represented Minister Safrullah M. Dipatuan of the Ministry of Health (MOH) in BARMM for the delivery of keynote speech as the primary institution for health sector in the region.

Republic Act (RA) No. 7277 or the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons was enacted to provide full access to health and rehabilitation services for disabled persons and children, as well as their families. According to Amad, PWDs represent a substantial segment of the society. This community is highly vulnerable to health risks. They are also often deprived of health services due to low economic status, lack of equipment and facilities unique to their needs, and lack of attention from the government. MOH has been exerting more effort to provide hands-on and intensive health care to this population. However, due to lack of resources, only a few are being served. In relation to this, the health institution is calling the attention of all its partners and concerned organizations to extend their assistance for the provision of services needed by PWD, as well as opportunities for them to become active members of the society.

Medzhor A. Tan, CSS of PSA-Sulu, reported the Background of the NDPS/MFS 2016. This includes the Overview of NDPS/MFS, its objectives, uses, sampling design and questionnaires of the survey. CSS Tan also discussed MDS and ICF as basis of the survey. He explained what disability is and what it is not, disability and functioning, performance and capacity, disability continuum, disability rates and MDS modules.

SOCD Chief Sarail presented the Results and Highlights of NDPS/MFS 2016. The following are the summary of findings:

1. The severe disability prevalence in 2016 in the Philippines was 12%.
2. Almost every second, person experiences moderate level of disability.
3. Women are more likely to experience moderate to severe disability than men.
4. Older persons are more likely to have severe disability.
5. Access to education and work poses problem for a large share of the general population, increasing for higher disability levels.
6. Persons with higher level of disability face larger disadvantages due to barriers in their physical environment.
7. Attitude of others and access to information pose problems for all groups of the population, increasing for higher disability levels.
8. Persons with severe disability have unmet needs regarding devices and modifications, additional personal assistance and outpatient care.

Nestor I. Cabigas, Jr. represented Minister Raissa H. Jajurie of the Ministry of Social Services and Development for the sharing of insights of the social services sector on the results of NDPS/MFS 2016.

Cabigas generally defined disability as a restriction on physical, mental and emotional aspect of an individual. He also discussed some chronic illnesses which may lead to disabilities.

There are several laws under the Philippine constitution focusing on the protection of PWDs. The social services sector has been developing programs for the strengthening of assisntance to PWDs. These interventions are identified based on the data provided by PSA. In 2010, the DSWD-ARMM identified and served more than 4,000 PWDs in the region.

Cabigas highlighted that the concern on the needs of PWDs is not focused on a single agency only. Every institution has a vital role to play. PSA provides statistics, MOH defines concepts and delivers health services, while MSSD monitors the people’s welfare.

Ma. Judema D. Angot, Assistant Statistician of PSA-Maguindanao, acted as the moderator during the Open Forum. Issues on the lack of experts who can identify disabilities, especially among children, were highlighted during this session.

After the awarding of certificates to guest speakres, Masil H. Mohammadsha, CSS of PSA-Tawi-Tawi, delivered the Closing Remarks.