Sen. Bongbong bats for an inquiry on the implementation of a 22-year old law for persons with disability

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Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. has called on a Senate panel to inquire into the impact or effect of a law for persons with disability (PWDs) 22 years after its enactment.

This developed as he filed Senate Resolution 783 directing the Senate Committee on Social Justice, Welfare and Rural Development to conduct an investigation on the overall status of the implementation of Republic Act 7277, as amended, or the Magna Carta for Persons with Disability.

Sen. Bongbong filed the resolution on the occasion of the “National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week,” which is being observed every 3rd week of July.

Republic Act No. 7277 was enacted in 1992 as the landmark legislation for PWDs in the Philippines with the aim of improving their “total well-being,” declaring and promoting their equality in rights as with other people and their “integration into the mainstream of society.”

The law provides: “The State shall exert all efforts to remove all social, cultural, economic, environmental and attitudinal barriers that are prejudicial to disabled persons.”

“The law granted to PWDs a broad spectrum of rights, benefits and privileges that encompass several basic services of government, and also expressly outlawed acts of discrimination against them,” the Senator said.

According to the 2010 Census of Population and Housing, among the 92.1 million total household populations, 1,443,000 of them have disability.

Sen. Bongbong said he filed the resolution since the people, especially the PWDs, have the right to inquire, through Congress, about the status of the overall implementation of the law.

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