The Katipunan ng Maykapansanan sa Pilipinas Inc (KAMPI) is a national federation of cross-disability organizations in the Philippines. Established in 1990, KAMPI envisions a “society for all,” where persons with disabilities are fully empowered, equal and productive members of Filipino society. KAMPI advocates for the rights of persons with disabilities and works to eliminate barriers that hinder the full participation of this population.
KAMPI has undertaken many initiatives in collaboration with other organizations, including government agencies; international and local organizations; and educational organizations. One such initiative is the Breaking Barriers for Children and Young Adults with Disabilities (BBYCY) project, which is a joint initiative between KAMPI and the Danish Society of Polio and Accident Victims (PTU). The program aims to promote the rights and improve the living conditions of children and young adults with disabilities. In 2009, the National Council on Disability Affairs, a government agency, issued Memorandum Circular No. 2009-37 that supports the initiative.
The organization is well known for its activities that promote the rights of children and youth with disabilities and support their rehabilitation. It has succeeded in lobbying the government so young people with disabilities can receive medical treatment at a local or national rehabilitation center.
This organization was also active in the lead-up to the Philippines’ ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). In January 2008, KAMPI launched an initiative called Ang Maykapansanan: Karapatan at Kinabukasan (Our Rights, Our Future), as part of a campaign to push for its ratification. The Philippines government ratified the convention in April of the same year. KAMPI is also active in monitoring the implementation of CRPD in the country.
Recently, KAMPI started coordinating – with the Philippine Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and other stakeholders and disabled persons organizations – in information dissemination, forums and dialogue to ensure persons with disabilities have access to the electoral process. KAMPI is part of the AGENDA network in Southeast Asia and is now researching political rights of persons with disabilities in the Philippines.