Banks asked to ser­vice vis­ually im­paired

Sun.Star Baguio - - FRONT PAGE - Maria Elena Cata­jan Sun*Star Re­porter

BAGUIO City Coun­cilor Art Al­lad iw is ask­ing banks to ac­com­mo­date the dif­fer­ently abled.

Stem­ming from a com­plaint by an or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to the vis­ually im­paired, Al­lad - iw is urg­ing all banks op­er­at­ing in Baguio City to ac­com­mo­date with­out dis­crim­i­na­tion the dif­fer­ently-abled, par­tic­u­larly the vis­ually im­paired in the open­ing of bank ac­counts

Al­lad - iw in his res­o­lu­tion re­layed the ex­pe­ri­ence of Good Care Multi-Pur­pose Co­op­er­a­tive, a group of vis­ually im­paired per­sons en­gaged in mas­sage ser­vice, when they tried to open bank ac­counts but they were de­nied be­cause they use thumb mark, in­stead

of writ­ten sig­na­ture.

The city of­fi­cial said al­most all col­lect­ing gov­ern­ment of­fices such as PAG-IBIG, PHILHEALTH, SSS, and among oth­ers are im­ple­ment­ing elec­tronic pay­ment and col­lec­tion sys­tem in the remit­tance of pre­mium con­tri­bu­tions and/or em­ploy­ees’ loan.

“Ac­cord­ing to the co­op­er­a­tive, the Ru­ral Banks ac­com­mo­date the open­ing of bank ac­counts of their vis­ually im­paired mem­bers, un­for­tu­nately, these Ru­ral Banks are not ac­cred­ited by the col­lect­ing gov­ern­ment of­fices,” Al­lad-iw said.

The al­der­man said in as much as these vis­ually im­paired per­sons wanted to com­ply with gov­ern­ment re­quire­ments on elec­tronic re­mit­tances, they can­not do so be­cause of the lim­ited banks that are ac­com­mo­dat­ing them. In ad­di­tion, these vis­ually im­paired per­sons wish to open their bank ac­counts in banks of their own choice like the other mem­bers of so­ci­ety do.

Al­lad - iw backed his mea­sure with pro­vi­sions of the Magna Carta for Dis­abled Per­sons, which says the state shall sup­port to the im­prove­ment of the to­tal well-be­ing of dis­abled per­sons and their in­te­gra­tion into the main­stream of so­ci­ety and dis­abled per­sons have the same rights as other peo­ple to take their place in so­ci­ety. They should be able to live freely and as in­de­pen­dently as pos­si­ble. This must be the con­cern of ev­ery­one – the fam­ily, com­mu­nity and all gov­ern­ment and non­govern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions.

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