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PIA Press Release
2007/09/28

Commentary: RP signs UN agreement to keep economy moving and uplift lives of PWDs

By Miriam P. Aquino

San Fernando City, La Union (28 September) -- The Philippines, as represented by the Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo entered and signed two United Nations Agreement recently to show the country's respect for the rights of Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) and welcome the changes / useful reforms to keep the economy moving.

According to Romulo, the two key agreements are the Convention on the rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts.

Signatories to the treaties, he said, "engage themselves to develop and carry out policies, laws and administrative measures for securing the rights recognized in the convention, and abolished laws, regulations, customs and practices that constitute discrimination.."

He even stressed that the convention does not aim for other additional benefits for the disabled, but for them to enjoy same opportunities enjoyed by anybody else in the society.

Whereas, the Convention on the use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts "seeks to enhance the legal certainty and commercial predictability of Electronic Communications used in relation to international contracts."

This was adopted by the Un General Assemblyon November 23, 2005 which addresses certain issues like the determination of a party's location in an electronic environment; the time and place of dispatch and the receipt of electronic communications; the use of automated message systems for contract formation; and the criteria to be used for establishing functional equivalence between electronic Communication and paper documents including "original paper documents - as well as between electronic authentication methods and handwritten signatures.

Philippines is deeply interested in useful reforms that can spur the development of cross-border online commerce in the developed and developing world, Romulo said.

Because the Philippine Economy is "growing and closely tied to international commerce," and because Philippines is a "country on the leading edge of the information age", we are committed to this convention, he disclosed. (PIA La Union) [top]

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