SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
A lawmaker has filed a measure granting a lifetime validity identification card to persons with permanent disability and avail of the privileges and incentives under the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons.
Rep. Alfredo D. Vargas III (5th District, Quezon City) said under House Bill 6273, disabled persons need not renew their PWD ID every 3 years to avail of the privileges provided for them under the present law.
The bill seeks to amend Republic Act 7277 or the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons, as amended by RA 9442 which provides benefits, privileges and incentives, including discounts for Filipinos with disability.
"The bill allows the issuing office, in case of temporary disability of the applicant, to re-evaluate the health of the ID holder and determine whether the PWD continues to be entitled to the benefits provided by the law," Vargas said.
Under the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) Administrative Order Series of 2008, Vargas said PWD would undergo a comprehensive, albeit tedious process in order to get an ID card.
"An PWD applicants are also required to submit an application form and clinical abstract, followed by the mandatory screening of application by the City or Municipal Health Office, the City or Municipal Social Welfare Office, and by the NCDA," Vargas said.
Under the bill, the PWD ID card shall be valid for three years only.
The identification cards issued to persons with permanent disability shall be valid during their lifetime, and may be renewed in case of loss or damage.