THE Makati City government and its private sector partners have acknowledged 15 business establishments for promoting the rights and welfare of Persons with Disabilities (PWD).
In the first awarding ceremony for the Search for PWD-Friendly Tourist Establishments held recently at Makati City Hall, Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay congratulated the winners led by Holiday Inn Suites, which won the five-star award for its excellent facilities providing comfort and convenience to PWD clients.
The search was launched last year jointly by Makati City, United Architects of the Philippines (UAP), Makati Tourism Foundation Inc. (MTFI) and Ayala Properties Management Corporation (APMC).
“The city government and the people of Makati salute the first batch of winners of this search for taking the lead in promoting the rights and welfare of their customers and patrons who have special needs. We hope that many other establishments in the city as well as in other parts of the country will be inspired to do the same,” Binay said.
Those who received the three-star award were Citibank Center, Greenbelt 3, Greenbelt 5, Glorietta 4 and Glorietta 5.
One-star awards were each given to Ayala Triangle Gardens, SM Store Makati, Greenbelt 2, Glorietta 1, Glorietta 2, Ayala Museum, Ayala Center Estates Association, Ascott Hotel Makati and San Antonio Plaza Arcade.
Other participants that were each given a plaque of appreciation were Intercontinental Hotel Manila, Best Western Plus Antel Hotel Serenity Suites and A. Venue Suite and Greenbelt 1 and 4.
Binay also congratulated the other winners and encouraged them to continue improving their facilities to attain five-star status on PWD-friendliness.
Makati PWDs continuously enjoy the unique privilege of watching movies for free in the city’s upscale cinemas.
Free mobility aids such as wheelchairs, walkers and crutches are also given to the less privileged PWD, while the deaf and mute of working age are being assisted by the city Public Employment Services Office through its Job Placement Program.
They are also given priority in parking areas and store lanes, discounts in food outlets, drugstores and other establishments, and fare discounts on the Metro Rail Transit 3, Light Rail Transit 1, provincial buses and local transport groups.