Issue of July 26, 2009
     
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BIR, CBAO discuss policies that cater to PWD’s needs
by Pearl Dacuag and Star Inacay

The Bureau of Internal Revenue and the City Building and Architecture Office reminded the public du-ring a forum on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (PWD) that there are laws and regulations that cater to persons with disabilities. Such laws are Republic Act 9442 or the “Magna Carta for persons with disabilities” and the Batas Pambansa 344 or the Accessibility Law.

BIR officer Jeanette Maria Mabalot said PWDs could avail themselves of the 20 percent discount on certain establishments and services. She added that a PWD discount could not be used for groups, it is only applied for the PWD’s own order.
However, PWDs are not exempted from the 12 percent value added tax of a product they purchase.

Mabalot said that there is also “personal and additional exemption for every working PWD.”

However, under Section 8 of RA 9442, PWDs still have to show “proofs of availment to privileges” which include an identification card issued by the city or municipal mayor or the barangay captain where he resides, passport, and transportation discount fare ID issued by the National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Person.

Meanwhile, CBAO Arch. Arsenio Rillera said that the BP 344 or the Accessibility Law assures PWDs that establishments and its facilities should be accessible and safe for physically challenged people. He said that the CBAO, under the leadership of the Department of Public Works and Highways, are assuring that the architectural facilities and features would enhance the mobility of handicapped people and provide them sufficient and suitable space.

Rillera said that buildings “to be constructed or established should follow the requirements of the law” which will be comfortable for disabled persons.

He cited examples like adequate spaces for wheelchairs, comfort rooms with handrails specially made for disabled people, skid-proof floors and stairs, handrails and ramps along sidewalks and stairs, and parking lots that are near entrances and exits.

However, Rillera stated that there is no special committee that will check if the said facilities are fulfilled by establishments. All of them are tasked to assess if these are accomplished, the DPWH is assigned for national buildings while the CBAO is assigned for buildings within the city. He said if the establishment is not following the BP 344, they are going to give them a notice. With three notices, the CBAO will forward it to the DPWH and the City Legal Office.

Earlier on, the Baguio City Hall was criticized for putting a ramp not following the specifications as to degree of inclination for accessibility to PWDs. Former councilor Federico Mandapat Jr., earlier proposed for the creation of an elevator at the City Hall for senior citizens and PWDs alike.

 
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Trained Tuba farmers to sell crops to buyers in giant mall

Pull out of lethal pesticide pushed

Firm supports efforts to curtail pesticide misuse

Tabuk to pilot regional economic dev’t program

Micro–entrepreneur from Kalinga invited to SONA

Kalinga BIR office ups tax collection

CAR records over 20,000 jobs – DOLE

Ban to Afghanistan, Iraq urged by gov’t

DA awards Gawad Saka to rural group

Hike in Benguet cold chain project utilization fee eyed

Public market vendors moved

DAR selects Pasil, Rizal, Tinglayan for ARISP III

Council approves policies on coops livelihood fund

Bangued satellite market now open

OWWA helps 100 displaced OFWs

Dads approve revised Baguio Tourism Code


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