Accessibility Law (Batas Pambansa Bilang 344)and its Amended Implementing Rules andRegulations - Philippines
Republic of the PhilippinesBatasang PambansaFifth Regular SessionBegun and held in Quezon City, Metropolitan Manila, on Monday, the twenty-sixthday of July nineteen hundred and eighty-two.
BATAS PAMBANSA BLG. 344AN ACT TO ENHANCE THE MOBILITY OF DISABLED PERSONS BYREQUIRING CERTAIN BUILDINGS, INSTITUTIONS, ESTABLISHMENTS ANDPUBLIC UTILITIES TO INSTALL FACILITIES AND OTHER DEVICES.Foreword
Be it enacted by the Batasang Pambansa in session assembled
In order to promote the realization of the rights of disabled persons to participatefully in the social life and the development of the societies in which they live and theenjoyment of the opportunities available to other citizens, no license or permit for theconstruction, repair or renovation of public and private buildings for public use,educational institutions, airports, sports and recreation centers and complexes,shopping centers or establishments, public parking places, work-places, publicutilities, shall be granted or issued unless the owner or operator thereof shall installand incorporate in such building, establishment, institution or public utility, sucharchitectural facilities or structural features as shall reasonably enhance the mobilityof disabled persons such as sidewalks, ramps, railings and the like. If feasible, allsuch existing buildings, institutions, establishments, or public utilities may berenovated or altered to enable the disabled persons to have access to them:Provided, however, That buildings, institutions, establishments, or public utilities tobe constructed or established for which licenses or permits had already been issuedmay comply with the requirements of this law: Provided, further, That in case ofgovernment buildings, street and highways, the Ministry of Public Works andHighways shall see to it that the same shall be provided with architectural facilities orstructural features for disabled persons.In the case of the parking place of any of the above institutions, buildings, orestablishment, or public utilities, the owner or operator shall reserve sufficient andsuitable space for the use of disabled persons.