City strength­ens PSWDs el­derly law

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THE CITY Coun­cil ap­proved on first read­ing a pro­posed or­di­nance re­quir­ing all busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments op­er­at­ing in the city to pro­vide pri­or­ity and cour­tesy seats for per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties (PWDs), se­nior cit­i­zens, ex­pec­tant moth­ers and adults trav­el­ling with in­fants or small chil­dren.

Coun­cilor Le­an­dro Yan­got, Jr. in his pro­posed mea­sure said the it aims to ex­tend the cour­tesy to the el­derly, PWDs and ex­pec­tant moth­ers the nec­es­sary ac­com­mo­da­tions within busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments in keep­ing with their con­tri­bu­tions to so­ci­ety, safety and good health as well as to elim­i­nate dis­crim­i­na­tion in all its homes.

The or­di­nance added all own­ers or op­er­a­tors of busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments op­er­at­ing within the city are re­quired to pro­vide des­ig­nated ar­eas for pri­or­ity and cour­tesy seats for their pa­trons.

In case some­one not cov­ered by the rules oc­cu­pies one of the des­ig­nated seats, Yan­got ex­plained he must va­cate the pro­vided pri­or­ity and cour­tesy seats, re­spect its pur­pose and move for those with a greater need of it.

Fur­ther, any per­son with dis­abil­ity seat­ing in a pri­or­ity seat is not re­quired to of­fer his or her seat for an­other cus­tomer with dis­abil­ity nor shall any el­derly or preg­nant woman give up his or her seat for those sim­i­larly si­t­u­ated.

The or­di­nance stipu-

lated restau­rants are re­quired to make rea­son­able mod­i­fi­ca­tions to their poli­cies and pro­ce­dures to pre­vent dis­crim­i­na­tion against pa­trons with a dis­abil­ity, ex­pec­tant moth­ers, el­derly and adults trav­el­ling with in­fants or small chil­dren and own­ers and op­er­a­tors of busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments are re­quired to promi­nently post and dis­play pri­or­ity and cour­tesy seat­ing sig­nages in lo­ca­tions most vis­i­ble to the pub­lic.

On the other hand, the or­di­nance un­der­scored that own­ers and op­er­a­tors of busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments who fail to des­ig­nate pri­or­ity and cour­tesy seats for PWDs, el­derly, ex­pec­tant moth­ers and adults trav­el­ling with in­fants or small chil­dren shall be pe­nal­ized by a fine of not less than P2,000 for the first of­fense, a fine of not less than P3,000 or sus­pen­sion of busi­ness per­mit for one month for the sec­ond of­fense and a fine of not less than P5,000 or re­vo­ca­tion of busi­ness per­mit for the third of­fense.

The Spe­cial Ser­vices Di­vi­sion in co­or­di­na­tion with the City Per­mits and Li­cens­ing Di­vi­sion of the City Mayor’s Of­fice will be tasked to mon­i­tor the ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient im­ple­men­ta­tion of the per­ti­nent pro­vi­sions of the lo­cal leg­isla­tive mea­sure.

Yan­got ex­plained sev­eral cit­i­zens are in con­stant strug­gle with ‘hid­den dis­abil­i­ties’ which could pose se­ri­ous chal­lenges for peo­ple who are not ob­ser­vant or even cour­te­ous enough un­less the pain for the said strug­gle is seen.

He claimed pri­or­ity seat­ing is a con­cept de­signed to al­low per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties an equal treat­ment of ac­cess and com­fort as other able-bod­ied peo­ple en­joy while cour­tesy seat­ing is in­tended for preg­nant or nurs­ing women, those with small chil­dren and se­nior cit­i­zens to re­prieve them­selves from hav­ing to stand or made to wait for their turns, ta­bles, taxis or any other trans­ac­tions they en­gage in. Dex­ter See

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