Philippines Passes a law to Enhance the Mobility of Disabled Persons by Requiring Buildings, Institutions and Public Utilities to Install Facilities and Other Devices

Three organizations in the Philippines – Department of Public Works and Highways Port Area, Manila and Department of Transportation and Communications Pasig, Metro Manila, in coordination with the National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons (Accessibility Sector on the Magna Carta for Disabled Person) Diliman, Quezon City – have  jointly promulgated have enacted a law to enhance the mobility of disabled persons by requiring buildings, institutions and public utilities to install facilities and other devices

In order to promote the realization of the rights of disabled persons to participate fully in the social life and the development of the societies in which they live and the enjoyment of the opportunities available to other citizens, no license or permit for the construction, repair or renovation of public and private buildings for public use.

Educational institutions, airports, sports and recreation centers and complexes, shopping centers or establishments, public parking places, work-places, public utilities, shall be granted or issued unless the owner or operator thereof shall install and incorporate in such building, establishment, institution or public utility, such architectural facilities or structural features as shall reasonably enhance the mobility of disabled persons such as sidewalks, ramps, railings and the like.

If feasible, all such existing buildings, institutions, establishments, or public utilities to be constructed or established for which licenses or permits had already been issued may comply with the requirements of this law: Provided, further, that in case of government buildings, street and highways, the Ministry of Public Works and Highways shall see to it that the same shall be provided with architectural facilities or structural features for disabled persons. In the case of the parking place of any of the above institutions, buildings, or establishment, or public utilities, the owner or operator shall reserve sufficient and suitable space for the use of disabled persons.

Source: NCDA