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Gov’t offices, malls should be PWD-friendly

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By Antonio Colina IV

DAVAO CITY – Government offices and malls in Davao City have been warned to modify some features of the existing buildings to address the accessibility concerns of persons with disabilities (PWDs), an official from the Regional Committee on Disability Affairs (RCDA) said.

PWD symbol (photo by Pixabay)

PWD symbol (photo by Pixabay)

RCDA spokesperson Melacio Fernandez said, during the Kapihan sa Philippine Information Agency (PIA) on Friday, that they have scheduled to inspect government offices and major malls in the city in March 2019 to find out which of them are compliant with the laws such as RA 7277 or the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons and Batas Pambansa (BP) 344 known as the “Accessibility Law.”

Section 25 of the R.A 7277 provides that “the state shall ensure the attainment of a barrier-free environment that will enable disabled persons to have access in public and private buildings and such as other places mentioned” in the Accessibility Law enacted in 1983.

The Accessibility Law seeks “to enhance the mobility of disabled persons by requiring certain buildings, institutions, establishments and public utilities to install facilities.”

He said the RCDA will serve non-compliant government offices and supermarkets up to three notices. If they fail to comply, he warned they will take legal action.

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