NCDA clarifies laws and mandates on disability

CALAPAN CITY, Oriental Mindoro, Sept. 15 (PIA) – The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) recently clarified major pertinent laws and mandates that would apply to persons with disability (PWD).

The clarification was made during the Seminar on How to Handle Persons with Disabilities in Tourism Industry held at Ferraren Hills, Calapan City.

It was attended by more or less 50 participants from tourism/business industry such as hotel and restaurant managers, front desk officers, tourist transport operators, tour guides and other service providers as well as representatives from Local Tourism Councils, persons with disabilities, representatives from the national government and local media.

In his presentation, NCDA Information, Education and Communication Division Chief Rizalio R. Sanchez emphasized the following rights of persons with disability: equality before the law without discrimination; right to life, liberty and security; equal recognition before the law and legal capacity; freedom from torture; right to respect physical and mental integrity; respect for privacy; right to work; right to education; right to participate in political and public life; among others.

Likewise, Sanchez told all participants with business establishments to provide PWDs and senior citizens with appropriate accessibilities in their areas like provisions of comfort rooms and special lanes for them and let them avail the 20 percent discount on their purchases or payment of goods as mandated by law.

According to him, there would be corresponding penalties to be imposed to any violators of the law as stipulated in Republic Act No. 7277, an act providing for the rehabilitation, self-development and self-reliance of disabled persons and their integration.

Moreover, PWDs and senior citizens are entitled to avail 20 percent discount in paying their bills to restaurants, hotels, apartels, pension houses, resorts, ambulatory clinics, tertiary hospitals, spas, sport and recreation facilities, museum, galleries, and in all types of transportations in land, water and air.

However, in case of promo activities of a certain business, the 20% discount shall not be applied. The seminar is a joint advocacy effort of NCDA and Department of Tourism (DOT) which aims primarily to promote the “Tourism for All’’ policy of the government, a national campaign to provide policy guidelines for stakeholders on accessible tourism as provided for in the government’s National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP). (LTC/DOT/PIA-Mimaropa/Calapan)

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