Most ZC businesses now PWD-friendly, — DPWH architect PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 11:11

“Except for a few, majority of the businessmen in the city are complying with the building specifications provided for in the Accessibility Law for the persons with disabilities (PWDs),” said Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) architect Jun Obsequio.

Obsequio, in a media forum held Thursday at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) here, said that establishments such as churches, malls and business establishments are now sensitive to the needs of the PWDs.

Republic Act 344, or the Accessibility Law requires every business establishment to have ramps for those who are on wheelchair and to place universal accessibility signage indicating that the said establishment is giving due courtesy and priority to PWDs.

However, Obsequio said, there are still places in the city that do not meet these requirements. He added that the DPWH would create an inter-agency inspection team composed of representatives from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and the PWD sector.

Meanwhile, Cynthia Julian, superintendent of the DSWD’s Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center, said the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) should also be included in the monitoring team.

“The BIR grants tax refunds or incentives to businesses that are found to be complying with building specifications in the accessibility law, hence they should be included in the monitoring team,” said Julian.

Obsequio appealed to the business owners to really take compliance with this law seriously. “We have to be sensitive of the needs of the PWDs, and also think about karma. If we are unfortunate and become PWDs in the future, what we did – our compliance with the accessibility law – would have been done for ourselves also,” he said. — FPG/DIS/PIA9-ZBST