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PIA Press Release
2007/09/27

Signing of key UN pacts illustrate RP's respect for PWDs, interest in useful reforms

Tacloban City (September 27) -- The signing of two key United Nations agreement on September 26 illustrate the Philippine Government's respect and commitment for the advancement of the rights of persons with disabilities and its interest in advocating useful reforms.

The Philippines signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities determined to engage in the development and carrying out policies, laws and administrative measures for securing the rights recognized in the convention and abolish laws, regulations, customs and practices that constitute discrimination against persons with disabilities.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities advocates that persons with disabilities enjoy the same opportunities in society that everybody else already enjoys. It is not asking for new rights for the disabled, nor asking for anything that they don't already enjoy.

This is the same advocacy that the Philippine Government has long been pursuing.

The other agreement is the Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts which was adopted by the the UN General Assembly on Nov. 23, 2005, "seeks to enhance the legal certainty and commercial predictability of electronic communications used in relation to international contracts.

The 2005 convention addresses the determination of a party's location in an electronic environment; the time and place of dispatch and the receipt of electronic communications; the determination of a party's location; and the use of automated message systems for contract formation.

The 2005 Convention also addresses the criteria to be used for establishing functional equivalence between electronic communications and paper documents including "original" paper documents as well as between electronic authentication methods and hand-written signatures.

In committing to the said convention, the Philippines which is growing economy and closely tied to international commerce and a country leading edge of the information age, reaffirms its deep interest in useful reforms that can spur the development of cross-border online commerce in the developed and developing world. (PIA 8) [top]

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