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Mt Province urges business establishments to comply with discounts for PWDs

by Juliet Saley

BONTOC, Mt. Province (14 September) -- Moving to ensure that persons with disabilities in the province get what is due them as provided under the law, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan here recently passed a resolution urging business establishments to strictly comply with Republic Act 9442.

The Congress enacted on July 24, 2006 Republic Act No. 9442, an Act amending Republic Act No. 7277, otherwise known as the "Magna Carta for disabled Persons and for other Purpose."

This covers privileges and incentives of disabled persons which entitle them to at least 20 percent discount from all establishments relative to the utilization of all services in hotels and similar lodging establishments, restaurants and recreation centers ; a minimum of 20 percent discount on admission fees charged by theaters, cinema houses, concert halls, circuses, carnivals and other similar places of culture, leisure and amusement for the exclusive use or enjoyment of persons with disability.

It also includes at least 20 percent discount on medical and dental services including diagnostic and laboratory fees such as, but not limited to, x-rays, computerized tomography scans and blood tests, in coordination with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

It also covers at least 20 percent discount on medical and dental services including diagnostic and laboratory fees, and professional fees of attending doctors in all private hospitals and medical facilities, in accordance with the rules and regulations to be issued by the Department of Health, in coordination with the PhilHealth.

The law also provides at least 20 percent discount on fare for domestic air and sea travel; and at least 20 percent discount in public railways, skyways and bus fare for the exclusive use or enjoyment of person with disability.

It has been a common observation not only among disabled persons themselves, but the general public as well that most business establishments do not grant such privileges.

This prompted the SP with Vice Governor Louis F. Claver, Jr as its presiding officer, to pass said resolution urging business establishments within the province to strictly observe and comply with Republic Act No. 9442 relative to privileges and incentives of disabled persons. (PIA-MP) [top]

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