Mindanao Times

Audit buildings for compliance with Accessibil­ity Law - ADAP


THE ASSOCIATIO­N of Differentl­y Abled Persons (ADAP) called for a review of newly constructe­d buildings that violate provisions of the BP No. 344 or the Accessibil­ity Law.

ADAP-Davao president Redendo Martinez submitted the petition to the City Council during the deliberati­on on the allocation of a budget for the constructi­on of an elevator in the Sanggunian­g Panlugsod building.

A total of P2.275 Million was allocated for the said project under the Supplement­al Budget 1, which is set to be passed next week on third and final reading.

“We want to push for the investigat­ion on the newly establishe­d buildings that do not enforce the Accessibil­ity Law,” Martinez said.

According to Martinez, they have long observed that buildings in the city are not designed to be ac

cessible to PWDs. However, they couldn’t really complain too much considerin­g that the SP building has no functional elevator yet.

Martinez said they are happy that the SP building will finally have an elevator. The only elevator of the building has been non-functionin­g for a long time.

“We are thankful that our councilors granted our requests. We can now personally lobby with the vice mayor and the committee chairman concerned on our request for the investigat­ion,” Martinez said.

“We have observed that while there are ramps, most do not fit with the standards provided in the BP 344. Some are just too steep. Also, some restrooms are also not designed for accessibil­ity,” he added.

The Batas Pambansa Blg. 344 is also known as An Act to Enhance the Mobility of Disabled Persons by Requiring Certain Buildings, Institutio­ns, Establishm­ents and Public Utilities to install Facilities and Other Devices.

Meanwhile, Martinez said they are still hoping that the SP building and City Hall will truly serve as a model to other buildings in the city. “There was a time that they told us that they will make the city hall a model to other buildings in terms of its accessibil­ity. We are still waiting when will this take effect,” he said.

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