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PIA Press Release
2009/06/04

Maasin City to implement "Magna Carta for Disabled Persons"

By R.G. Cadavos

Maasin City, Southern Leyte (4 June) -- In recognition of the significant role of the city government here in the development of Persons with Disability, an orientation is set tomorrow, June 5 in preparation for the implementation of Republic Act 9442, known as the "Magna Carta for Disabled Persons".

In a short talk with City Social Welfare Officer Febe Ma. Sta. Cruz this morning, she disclosed that their office will conduct a one-day orientation and consultation dialogue to discuss R.A 9442 at the city gym to the officers and active members of the organization of disabled persons throughout Maasin City.

The activity is aimed to rationalize the important issues and concerns regarding the "Magna Carta for Disabled Persons" relative to its implementation in the city.

R.A. 9442, approved last July 2006 by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo stated that a 20% privileges and incentives shall be given to disabled persons. They shall be entitled to receive 20% discount on the utilization of hotel, restaurants, and recreation services, and the like; admission fees in theaters, concerts, carnivals and others; discounts in the purchase of medicines in all drugstores, medical and dental services, including diagnostic and laboratory services, and transportation fares, among others.

The law also declared that any violations of the privileges entitled to disabled persons will suffer a penalty. For the first offender, a fine of not less than Fifty Thousand pesos but not exceeding One hundred thousand pesos or imprisonment of not less than six months.

While for any subsequent violation, a fine of not less than Fifty Thousand pesos but not exceeding One hundred thousand pesos or imprisonment of not less than two years. The violation can lead to the cancellation of business permit of the entity, the report said.

The Office of the City Social Welfare are now preparing the Identification cards in claiming their privileges and benefits, Sta. Cruz said. Mr. Ben Calzado from the DSWD-Regional Office-8 is expected to be the resource speaker, in addition to the local officials like Sangguniang Panglungsod Committee Chairman Rafael Cromwell Gerong, and City Mayor Maloney Samaco, she added. (PIA-soleyte) [top]

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