Mindanao Times

ADAP asks city to probe CEO on Accessibil­ity Law

- By Julianne A. Suarez

A GROUP of persons with disability has requested Acting Vice Mayor Sebastian Duterte to investigat­e the City Engineer’s Office concerning the implementa­tion of the Batas Pambansa 344 or the Accessibil­ity Law in the City.

In a letter, Associatio­n of Differentl­y-Abled Persons (ADAP) chair Redendo Martinez said they have observed that the CEO has been issuing Certificat­e of Occupancy and Building Permit to estab

lishments not designed to be accessible to the PWDs.

“The Persons with Disability sector considers this violation as a continuing crime,” Martinez said in his letter.

“If not be addressed upon, it will hamper the integratio­n and inclusiven­ess of the sector in the mainstream of society as a matter of state policy,” he added.

Martinez said they are ready to present evidence should a forum will be called.

“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,” he said.

Martinez said some restrooms are also “not designed for accessibil­ity,”

BP 344 is the act to enhance the mobility of disabled persons by requiring certain buildings, institutio­ns, establishm­ents and public utilities to install facilities and other devices.

“The issue of accessibil­ity is not exclusive for PWD sector alone, this includes also the sector of Senior Citizens which has mobility limitation­s, as well as the pregnant women,” he also said.

The City Council, which the vice mayor leads, has taken considerat­ion on the issue.

Last Tuesday, the councilors endorsed to the concerned committees the request as they passed on first reading the measure.

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