Contrary to the information circulating social media platforms, the head of government council for persons with disabilities (PWDs) clarified that poor eyesight does not automatically guarantee someone the chance to avail a PWD card.
On Wednesday, January 16, Carmen Zubiaga expressed alarm over reports saying that while some PWDs could not avail of the special ID, there are others who were able to get their own through “connections”.
“Yung iba hindi nakakakuha, yung totoong may kapansanan. At yung mga walang kapansanan na may connection lang, ay nakakuha sila.”
She said that those who face long-term physical, mental, intellectual, and sensory impairment are the only ones qualified for a PWD ID.
Zubiaga added that poor vision is not included unless it’s permanent and cannot be corrected.
“Yung mga function limitations na yan ay nakakahadlang sa kanilang pakikisalamuha at sa kanilang interaction sa ating kapaligiran.
“Kahit nga 1,000 ang grado ng salamin mo , basta yan ay nako-correct pa, nakakabasa ka pa, nakikita mo pa yung pinapabasa sa ‘yo ng optometrist, hindi ka pa [qualified for PWD ID].
“Pero kapag kahit nagsalamin ka ay ang makikita mo lang yung letter E na malaki—yun iisyuhan ka na ng ID.”
PWD IDs allow people to purchase with a 20 percent discount in restaurant bills and less value added tax in medicines.
No work is easy. As every task has its own challenges, everyone faces difficulties in their workplace, either it’s something minor or something really hard to overcome and do.
But a certain Person With Disability (PWD) has earned praises after being caught working really hard while helping a customer at a branch of Jollibee.
In a video origially uploaded by Facebook user Clairey Magas Ocampo, it can be seen that the service crew is busy assisting a woman with cleaning the mess of a previous customer.
What was impressive is not the fact that he was helping, but it’s because he only had one arm. But that didn’t stop him from diligently doing his work and quickly lifting a tray full of plates and glasses.
The inclusion of PWDs in the work force has been made into a law by the Philippine government.
According to The Republic Act (RA) No. 10524, also known as An Act Expanding the Position Reserved for PWDs, government agencies shall reserve at least one percent of their regular and non-regular positions for PWDs.
Private establishments with more than 100 employees are not required but they are strongly encouraged to hire PWDs as well.
Netizens commended a PWD crew of a fast food restaurant in a viral video posted by Clairey Magas Ocampo last Sunday, November 4, 2018.
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Incentives are given to those who have PWD employees, such as a 25 percent deduction from the company’s gross income of the total amount paid as salaries and wages to PWDs.
The guards of MRT North EDSA station is under fire after a netizen has expressed her disappointment when her son, who is a Person With Disability (PWD) was not allowed to enter the station and ride the train.
Not only that, he was also accused of sporting a fake PWD I.D. by both guards on duty.
My son, a PWD with learning disability was denied entry and accused of using fake PWD ID. The incident took place at MRT3 North Edsa-Trinoma station last October 26, 2018, Friday at around 1:00pm, south bound to Taft station. The guards on-duty, one female and one male even tried to confiscate the PWD ID. My son behaved differently since then, which I suppose was due to the embarrassing situation he went through.
Shirley Iyulores said that her son takes the train to attend training sessions at the College of St. Benilde since a few months ago and was even issued a PWD Beep card. The guards at the MRT did not acknowledge both the said card and his I.D.
My son takes either LRT or MRT to attend training sessions for PWD at the College of St. Benilde since June this year. In fact he was issued a PWD beep card. He even showed it to your security staff but they ignored it. To accuse my son of faking an ID and the staff’s failure to recognize his special MRT beep card is preposterous and downright insensitive.
The netizen ended her status by questioning how the institution trains their security when it comes to dealing with PWD.
How did you train your security personnel in dealing with PWDs? It seems to be limited in physical disabilities only. Aren’t they aware of cases like ADHD, autism and the like?
My son went thru a very humiliating experience only because of the ignorance of your staff.
DOTr MRT-3 Autism Society Philippines
Netizens expressed their disappointment in the comments section. A certain Sophia Allyana Torres shared her experience that the guards even questioned her when she said she was pregnant.
Department of Transportation (DOTr) has released a statement regarding the incident. According to the statement of the Kaizen Security Agency, the PWD presented the guards a photocopy of the I.D, claiming that he left the original one at home, resulting to the guards reminding him to bring the original one next time, however, the PWD decided to leave.
They then reminded everyone that it is common for people to have fake IDs.
“While we do not intend to embarrass the bearers of valid PWD IDs, we note that cases of fake IDs being presented by some passengers in MRT-3 are not uncommon, which is why our security personnel are keen on scrutinizing the authenticity of an ID presented by a passenger as issued by LGUs, OSCA, and other authorized agencies.
To avoid and deter passengers from taking advantage of the privilege afforded to legitimate senior citizens, PWD(s), pregnant women, and passengers with children, our security personnel would routinely ask for an additional government-issued ID to validate the senior citizen or PWD ID presented.”
DOTr MRT-3 Press Statement5 November 2018This pertains to an incident involving two Kaizen security personnel on duty…
Iyulores said that she is currently waiting for the investigation report regarding her complaint.
Last June 13, Facebook user Erickson Galura posted about how a guard and officer at the food court of SM Telabastagan in the Province of Pampanga, Central Luzon, mistreated him and his friends, who happen to be deaf.
According to his post, they went to the mall after their classes to grab some snacks. They were sitting near the PWD section of the food court while eating what they purchased, which were Belgian waffles and bottles of water when a security guard approached them to ask if they are customers. Galura, being the only one who can talk, answered yes.
A few minutes after, an SM officer went near them to ask the same question, which he answered right away. At that time, his friends were starting to get worried as they can sense the trouble that’s about to come.
The guard and the officer came back again then began asking questions as if that the two telling them that they’re doing something wrong. Galura and his friends started to get confused as they know that they have not violated any regulations.
The officer was stating that the group of friends can’t sit at the food court since they didn’t really buy anything inside the vicinity.
In order to help the two sides resolve their matters, a man started to help the students communicate with the officer, saying that they should just put a signage saying that you should buy something inside the food court. And since there wasn’t really any written statements about the regulation, they should let it slide since the students didn’t really know.
Galura expressed his disappointment as he stated that the workers didn’t manage to show their respect equally to all customers, especially this friends that are a part of the PWD community.
“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the game.”
This is probably how Arnold Balais, a PWD (person with disability) athlete, deals with the challenges of living with only one leg.
At the age of 14, Balais suffered a broken bone during a freak basketball accident. A year after being bed-ridden because of an infection, doctors decided to amputate his right leg to prevent the infection from spreading.
The devastating turn of events caused Balais to suffer from depression until he was fitted with an artificial leg at the University of Santo Tomas. Although the artificial leg helped him psychologically, Balais would still hide his fake leg by wearing long pants.
Balais was finally able to combat depression when he was offered a job as vocational coordinator for PWDs at the UST hospital.
Inspired by his brother who worked as a gym trainer in the Middle East, Balais tried weight lifting at a local gym as his way to restore his confidence.
Eventually, Philippine powerlifter Monty Mendigoria discovered Balais and provided him with a body building program modified for his needs. During trainings, Balais would habitually take off his leg in order to be more mobile. According to him, it was easier to move without his artificial leg.
Balais represented the Philippine team in a Paralympics competition in the US in 1996, where he finished 12th among 24 athletes from all over the world.
After moving to Cebu, Balais challenged himself once again by getting into a new sport. This time, he concentrated on strengthening the weaker side of his body by swimming four hours a day. In 1999, he participated in the Philspada National Games and took home gold medals in swimming. His victory gave him the opportunity to represent the Philippine team in various competitions in the US, Malaysia, Australia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Korea.
In 2013, Balais did the unthinkable and became the first amputee to scale Mt. Apo, the highest mountain in the country. With the help of two assistants and two physical therapists, Balais conquered the peak which was 2,954 meters above sea level after two days.
“Isa talaga yun sa bucket list ko. Yung susunod, secret muna sa ngayon. What’s important right now is na-prove ko na kahit yung persons with disabilities pwede. Na walang hindi kayang gawin,” he told PhilStar.
(That’s one on my bucket list. The next one is still a secret for now. What’s important right now is that I have proven that even persons with disabilities can [do this]. That nothing is impossible.)
Some people nowadays need to learn how to be a bit more considerate of others. News about drivers blocking PWD access has gone viral on social media. Some get bashed by online users, while others get “punished” in a very unusual way.
On June 26, another netizen expressed his rage over an insensitive driver who parked his car on the wheelchair ramp. V. Meister posted on his Facebook account a photo of a blue Peugeot blocking the wheelchair ramp at Cardinal Santos Hospital in San Juan, Metro Manila. They were about to use the ramp for his mother, but the car was obstructing their way.
“Now tell me, how can I move my mom in her wheelchair if u parked ur car in wheelchair ramp? I guess u love ur car soooooo much that u don’t give a [email protected]#% with people with disabilities!!! I know u saw me taking a picture of ur car but I guess ur too scared to approach me, don’t worry ER is just around the corner, I’ll let the guards bring u there!!!”
The photo of the Peugeot sedan that blocked the wheelchair ramp at Cardinal Hospital:
It’s unfortunate how some people can be so inconsiderate about PWDs. Not just PWDs, but other people, in general.
Persons with disabilities (PWD) deserve equal treatment, regardless if you have an expensive car or not. Netizens reacted to a Facebook photo of a Mitsubishi Montero as its driver blocked a PWD ramp posted by user Ronald James Ygnacio Spillers. The sports utility vehicle (SUV) is shown blocking the persons with disabilities ramp at Marquee Mall in Angeles City, Pampanga.
Ronald captioned the photo, “How inconsiderate of this vehicle’s driver, blocking the PWD ramp.” Other netizens shared the post and commented on their displeasure at the SUV driver’s lack of consideration for personal with disabilities for whom the ramps were made in the first place. Others said despite being able to afford and expensive vehicle, the driver could not buy manners. Other said the poster should have reported it to mall authorities.
While the government has been trying to assert the rights of the PWDs , there really still are inconsiderate drivers out there. The government and establishments as well should be firmer in implementing the laws and regulations allowing equality amongst the able and disabled.
A mother of a child suffering from Cerebral Palsy has shared her story about her recent ordeal involving a supervisor working for Mercury Drug Store branch across Perpertual Help Hospital Las Pinas.
According to Ruth Floresca’s Facebook post on October 15, her husband got into a heated argument with the supervisor of the drug store because the latter refused to honor the Persons with Disability (PWD) ID of their son because the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) allegedly issued a memo stating that Cerebral palsy is a disease and not a disability.
Floresca’s husband was buying an anti-seizure medicine for their son.
This story needs to be told …
Hubby got into a heated argument with a Mercury Drug (branch across Perpetual Help Hospital Las Pinas) supervisor last night while he was buying anti-seizure medication for our son. According to the supervisor, Mercury has passed a memo from DSWD stating that CEREBRAL PALSY is not a disability but a disease so they cannot honor our son’s PWD ID. DUH?!
Persons with Disability are already given very little benefits and now they’ve come up with this?!
What is happening with this country?! If it is true that the memo came from DSWD (and not just a reason for Mercury not to give discounts to PWDs), there are some really stupid officials who should not be sitting pretty in their positions right now!
During my son’s checkup prior to going to Mercury Drug, our neurologist (who originally issued the medical certificate we used to apply for a PWD ID) mentioned a similar incident that happened with another patient.
This is not just about the money families with PWDs could save given the huge amounts we spend on medical bills, medicines, and other needs. This is about fighting for what’s right and what’s just!
Dear DSWD and Mercury Drug, please look up the definition of Cerebral Palsy and educate yourselves! Don’t forget to check photos of people who have this disability so you could see that they are mostly on wheelchairs because they cannot walk and/or have difficulties controlling their muscular functions. My son, particularly, can’t even talk nor sit up by himself!
As my husband tells people who try to pass off stupid policies while pacifying complainants, “Don’t tell me you understand our situation because you don’t have a disabled child. Pray that you don’t have a child with disability in the future just so you can really sympathize with what we are going through every day!”
I hope this issue would be given prompt attention by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Mercury Drug Store, National Council on Disability Affairs (Government).
Seriously people, don’t make life harder than it is for Filipino families with PWDs!!!
PWD Benefits in the Philippines
According to Republic Act 9442 amending RA 7277 or the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons and For Other Purposes, PWD can enjoy the privilege of 20% discount for the following products and services:
Furthermore, Pinoy PWD can get educational assistance through scholarship grants, subsidies, financial aids, and other incentives. They also get 5% special discount in special programs for PWD on purchase of basic commodities.
But for a PWD to enjoy these privileges, they must secure a PWD ID Card which they can get from the barangay office, Office of the Mayor, DSWD, NCDA, or organisations with memorandum of agreement from the Department of Health.
As of writing, Team Daily Pedia is still awaiting DSWD’s statement regarding the issue.