BAGUIO CITY: There is a need for better awareness of laws that protect the rights and welfare of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) as well as compliance on such laws especially from the transport sector and the people.
Baguio City Federation of PWD President Avelino Tomas said this during the recent Cordillera Regional Committee on Disability Affairs (RCDA), which led the inspection of the city’s public transportation facilities and commercial establishments in line with the observance of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week.
For the transport sector, Tomas pointed out that there are still Public Utility Vehicle drivers who do not automatically give discounts and some even show arrogance towards PWDs.
Meanwhile, they also observed that some PUV terminals do not comply with the Accessibility Law, particularly on comfort rooms and ramps for PWDs.
Land Transportation Office Transport Regulation officer Elmer Mendoza, who was with the inspection team, affirmed there is a lack of comfort rooms for PWDs, as well as access ramps with hand rails.
Representatives from regional line agencies, also inspected commercial establishments, government and private owned building to see their compliance to the PWD Accessibility Law and the Magna Carta for PWDs.
Aside from the inspection, the RCDA also conducted a health fair for PWDs at the Baguio Convention Center and an eye and ear check-up for the school children of the Mabini Elementary School.