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Activities in brief…
Person with Disability Day in Barbaza
Mayor Faith Francisco speaks in front of her PWD constituents
In connection with their annual Batabat Festival, HI joined the municipality of Barbaza in holding their own Person with Disability Day on March 16, 2010. The highlight of the event was the distribution of PWD IDs and purchase booklets signed by the mayor to an estimated 700 PWDs of Barbaza. These IDs and booklets will be used by PWDs to avail of the 20% discount as embodied in Republic Act 9442. RA 9442 is the 2007 amendment to RA 7277—the 1992 Magna Carta for PWDs, which stipulates that Persons with Disabilities are entitled to 20% discounts to provision of services in hotels, theaters & places of recreation, purchase of medicines & medical services, transportation, etc. At the end of the day, 168 PWDs who came from far-flung barangays were provided with IDs and purchase booklets. Distribution will then continue through the members of the CBR team and the social welfare office. The challenge now is to make sure that these IDs and purchase booklets are honored in various establishments in the municipality so that PWDs can enjoy their rights as stipulated in the law.
New staff on board
, a registered social worker out of Central Philippines University in Iloilo was hired as com-munity organizer of the project on January 11. Prior to HI, he worked for several years with MSF on street children issues.
of San Jose, Antique was hired as office keeper on Janu-ary 18.
, a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Accoun-tancy from Central Philippine Uni-versity, was hired as field admin assistant on February 10. She worked 8 years as accounting staff in Manila before returning home to Iloilo this year.
of Santa Bar-bara, Iloilo was hired as driver on March 1.
, a BS Psychology-Community Development gradu-ate of University of the Philippines (Miag-ao) was hired as community organizer on March 22. She worked with community-based organiza-tions in Antique & Iloilo supported by World Vision before she joined HI. From L-R: Lyndon Fontiveros, Cindy Blasurca, Rosie Pernia, Sheila Ar-royo, Raphy Imperial
REPUBLIC ACT 9442
AN ACT AMENDING REPUBLIC ACT NO. 7277, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE "MAGNA CARTA FOR DISABLED PERSONS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES"
"SEC. 32. Persons with disability shall be entitled to the following: (a) At least twenty percent (20%) discount from all establish-ments relative to the utilization of all services in hotels; restau-rants and recreation centers for the exclusive use or enjoyment of persons with disability; (c) At least twenty percent (20%) dis-count for the purchase of medicines in all drugstores for the ex-clusive use or enjoyment of persons with disability;
Full text at: http://www.ops.gov.ph/records/ra_no9442.htm