Malabon

Malabon is a city in the Philippines where persons with disabilities (PWDs) can have ‘special’ privileges.

They can have 20% discount from hotels, restaurants, theaters, concert halls, drugstores, hospitals, dental clinics, travel agencies, and public transportation. They can study through scholarship grants, get into all of its commercial and government establishments as quickly as possible, and have tax incentives.

These are provided the PWDs have IDs, of course.

There are also schools here—both public and private—that PWDs can go into, particularly those with hearing impairments, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, autism, global developmental delay, cerebral palsy, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, behavioral problems, mental retardation,

These schools are the Amang Rodriguez Elementary School, Malabon Elementary School, Ninoy Aquino Elementary School, Potrero Elementary School, Bright Beginning Center for the Young, De La Salle Araneta University, Higher Ground Baptist Academy Foundation, and Total Aural-Oral Lesson for Kids Learning Center for the Deaf (T.A.L.K.) Learning Center, Inc.

The problem

But Malabon is a city a meter below sea level. It is the catch basin of floodwaters in the northern part of Metro Manila during the rainy season. Most of its barangays (villages) are submerged in sea water during high tide and are often impassable to heavy and light vehicles.

It is the primary reason that the city lags in its development, which causes multi-million damage to Malabon every year. It doesn’t help that its flood control facilities are aging and its residents would throw their garbage in esteros and canals.

So the city implemented a foreign-funded P3.5 billion mega flood control project last July 30, 2001.

Then in September 11, 2005, P15 million was allotted to construct of at least 14 pumping stations in the city’s low-lying barangays, erect river gate valves, and improve the major canals and waterways. Malabon’s engineering department would have 60 days to ease the city’s perennial problem.

About P3 billion was loaned again from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on March 28 last year.

It completed the Caloocan-Malabon-Navotas-Valenzuels (Camanava) Flood Control Project by 99% last June 28, 2013.

“Complaints are mounting that PWDs are experiencing discrimination when it comes to the 20 percent discount accorded them by the law, especially when buying medicine in drug stores.” ~ Malabon City Rep. Jaye Lacson-Noel

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