Beng pushes accessibility law on ‘White Cane Day’ PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 August 2013 11:14

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday pushed for the strict compliance of Batas Pambansa Blg. 344, otherwise known as the accessibility law, in all government and private infrastructures as the city government joined the “White Cane Day” celebration.

“The city aggressively supports the realization of BP 344 and we will make sure government and private infrastructures are disabled-friendly,” Climaco said during the training on RA 6759 or the White Cane Act at the City Social Welfare and Development Office’s conference room.

Climaco likewise said she had issued an executive order urging all pharmacies in Zamboanga City to give what is due by law to persons with disability (PWDs) and senior citizens, especially the discounts on medicines.

“I (already) asked the drugstore owners in the city to abide by the national law,” the lady chief executive said.

She also congratulated Teddy Kahil of the CSWDO for having been chosen as one of the seven national finalists to the Apolinario Mabini 2013 Awards for Outstanding PWDs.

Republic Act No. 6759 has declared August 1 of each year as White Cane Safety day in the Philippines, to instill public awareness of the plight of the blind, promote recognition and acceptance of the white cane as a symbol of the need of the blind for specific assistance and as a reminder of the individuals duty to care for and accord due respect to his unfortunate brethren.

Present during the program were DSWD Regional Director Zenaida Arevalo, CSWDO officer-in-charge Evelyn Las Marias, and the different speakers including the visually-impaired participants from the different PWD groups in the city. — Vic Larato