NCDA calls on establishments to grant reps of PWDs availment of 20% discount during the COVID-19 health crisis

QUEZON CITY, May 31 — The  National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA)  calls on all establishments to refrain from requiring children, women, and seniors with disabilities for personal appearance to avail of the 20% discount during public health emergency particularly in areas under General Community Quarantine, Enhanced Community Quarantine, and Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine.  [...] 

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The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) has received numerous complaints on the requirement of the establishments for personal appearance of persons with disabilities before availing the twenty percent (20%) discount provided under Republic Act No. 9442 as amended by Republic Act No. 10754, “An Act Expanding the Benefits and Privileges of Persons with Disability”. This requirement has become discriminatory to many persons with disabilities especially children with disabilities represented by their parents. Proclamation no. 922 declared the entire Luzon under the Enhanced Community Quarantine which requires all citizens to stay home to combat the spread of COVID 19. In view of the said policy, persons with disabilities are one of the sectors that are restricted from going out from their homes. And therefore, representative, head of family, relatives who are authorized by their respective barangays to purchase medicines or other essential needs of persons with disabilities are not recognized by the establishment to avail of 20% discount for persons with disabilities, whether children, women or seniors with disabilities. This requirement results to persons with disabilities themselves going out to purchase essential goods and services just to avail of the 20% discount which put them at high risk of exposure to COVID 19 due to their vulnerability.  [...] 

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