An official of the Federation of Persons with Disabilities lamented what he described as partial compliance of the law governing the setting up of ramps in public and private establishments in Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental.
Aladdin Rosalinas, president of the federation with about 800 members, said Batas Pambansa 344 provides that ramps shall be provided for them.
He called on agencies in government tasked to enforce the law to make sure that pertinent provisions of BP 344 is implemented, foremost of which is to enhance the mobility of disabled persons by requiring certain building, institutions, establishments and public utilities to install facilities and other devices.
Rosalinas said he has observed that there are still public transport terminals in the province that do not conform with minimum standards for it to be accessible to disabled persons.
Local government units are also advised to take the lead, but sad to say, a lot of LGUs don't have ramps, their comfort rooms are so small that wheel chairs of PWDs won't fit in there.
As part of this year's observance of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week, the city's PWDs also lined up several activities.
The kickoff activity was a “tayada sa plaza” where PWDs showcased their talents and skills at the Quezon Park.
They also held a parade as part of their advocacy and to prove to the public they are not a hindrance to the further development and improvement of the city.
Blind masseurs participated in the parade, assisted by physical therapy students of Silliman University
Rosalinas said one of their dreams is to have a PWD Affairs Office aside from the training center provided to them by the city government.*JG
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