Social welfare officer urges PWDs to register with CSWD Print
Monday, 11 September 2017 16:13

In a bid to further protect and empower the Persons With Disabilities (PWDs), the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) is strongly urging them to register with their office.

City Social Welfare and Development Officer, Ma. Socoro Rojas disclosed that PWDs who are registered in their office receive various assistance and mandatory benefits intended for them. These assistance and benefits are provided not only by the local government, but even from the national government.

Rojas disclosed that there are 3,300 PWD’s currently registered with the CSWDO, stressing that all of them are now enjoying the benefits intended for them.

Republic Act 7277, otherwise known as the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons, defined PWDs as “those suffering from restriction of different abilities, as a result of a mental, physical or sensory impairment, to perform an activity in the manner or within the range considered normal for a human being.”

Benefits for PWD’s include 20 percent discount on hotels and similar lodging establishments, restaurants and recreational centers. The same is true when they purchase medicines, avail medical and dental services, including diagnostic and laboratory fees. They are also entitled 20 percent fare discount on all public utility vehicles, domestic air and sea travel.

In addition, PWDs enjoy 5 percent discount on basic necessities such as rice, corn, bread, fresh, dried and canned fish and other marine products, fresh pork, beef and poultry meat, fresh eggs, fresh and processed milk, infant formulas, fresh vegetables, root crops, coffee, sugar, cooking oil, salt, laundry soap, detergents, firewood, charcoal, candles and other commodities as maybe classified by the DTI and the DA). Prime commodities (fresh fruits, dried, processed and canned pork, beef and poultry, meat, dairy products not falling under basic necessities, noodles, onions, garlic, diapers, herbicides, poultry, swine and cattle feeds, veterinary products for poultry, swine and cattle feeds, veterinary products for poultry, swine and cattle, paper, school supplies, nipa shingle, plyboard, construction nails, batteries, electrical supplies, light bulbs, steel wire and other commodities that may be classified by DTI and DA)

Moreover, all government agencies, offices or corporations are mandated to reserve at least 1% of all positions for PWDs. Other privileges also includes express lanes in all commercial and government establishments, accessible biometrics registration and voting precincts, designated PWD-friendly public attorneys, educational assistance to pursue primary, secondary, tertiary, post tertiary, as well as vocational or technical education in both public and private schools, protection against verbal and non-verbal ridicule and vilification, and establishment of a Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) in every province, city and municipality.

A PWD must be registered and must have his or her proper identification card to avail all of these benefits.

Rojas said that the CSWDO is more forcused on the advocacy side where they regularly conduct orientations. They also scout for qualified PWDs that will be employed by city government.

Livelihood trainings are also provided to PWDs so they can earn a living. In fact, many PWDs in the city are noted for their good massage.

“Entirely looking as to an environment that is PWD friendly, hende pa kita, there are more to enhance,” Rojas admitted. (R.G. A A. Go)