The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) announced Monday that it will coordinate with all concerned government agencies for the immediate crafting of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the law to ensure that persons with disabilities (PWDs) will enjoy their latest privileges.
The agency made the statement following the signing of Republic Act 10754 or An Act Expanding the Benefits and Privileges of Persons with Disability by President Benigno S. Aquino last week.
RA 10754 mandates the DSWD, in consultation with the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Finance (DOF), and the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) to promulgate the necessarily rules and regulations for the effective implementation of the provisions of the act.
DSWD Secretary Corazon J. Soliman said it is important to establish who should be the law’s primary beneficiaries in order to ensure that the privileges stated in the law will not be abused.
“Aside from the physiological disabilities, there are also psychological disabilities which should be taken into consideration in the IRR,” Sec. Soliman said.
She added that it also important that thePersons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO), as mandated by Republic Act 10070 or An Act Establishing an Institutional Mechanism to Ensure the Implementation of Programs and Services for PWDs in every Province, City and Municipality, Amending RA 7277 or the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons, be already established in every LGU nationwide.
PDAO will work jointly with Local Social Welfare and Development Offices in monitoring the implementation of the law. It will also ensure that PWDs in their areas of jurisdiction are enjoying the benefits of the law.
Soliman said PWDs, in the meantime, can refer their concerns and complaints to the NCDA.
She also lauded the signing of the law saying that its enactment is long overdue, especially now when the needs of PWDs have become varied like special assistive devices, to ensure their mobility and development.
Source: Manila Bulletin