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PWD Complaints

In the Philippines, persons with disability can only avail of one discount scheme: the promo discount or the discount mandated by the Republic Act 9442.

“There is also another law that exempt PWD discount from value added tax, which is Republic Act 10754,” explained Carmen Reyes Zubiaga, acting executive director of the National Council on Disability Affairs, in an email.

“Value added [tax] is only 12%. The computation should be as follows—VAT inclusive Retail Price less 12% VAT and less 20% discount,” she added.

This goes without saying that if a good or service has already excluded the value-added tax from the cost, a PWD can still avail of the promo discount and/or the PWD discount provided that the price of goods or service in promo is entitled to the value added tax.

“For the availment of discount instead of promo, you have to ask the regular price of the procedure. However, you also have to check if the discounted price [already] includes VAT (if the product is VATable). Also, look for proof that the product is discounted (public announcement, fliers, approval of DTI and other approving entities).”

For further inquiries about the discounts and privileges of PWDs in the Philippines, Dir. Zubiaga advised to visit the NCDA.

“The worst thing about a disability is that people see it before they see you.” ~ Easter Seals

Video taken from the YouTube Channel of Julia Davila



Philippine Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled

The Philippine Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled (PFRD) had been organized in 1949 and was registered with the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) on February 10, 1950.

It was launched as a rehabilitation movement that became the first local organization to be affiliated with the Rehabilitation International (RI), a global network that empowers the rights of persons with disabilities (PWDs) founded in 1922.

The PFRD had hosted the Second International Conference on Legislation Concerning the Disabled where the former president Ferdinand Marcos signed the Presidential Decree No. 1509 and established the National Commission Concerning Disabled Persons (NCCDP).

That changed, however, during the administration of President Corazon Aquino. The NCCDP was restructured and reorganized into the National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons (NCWDP). It was later renamed as the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) mandated to check if the laws* protecting the civil and political rights of the PWDs in the country are really implemented, and then transferred to the Office of the President of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Continuing On

But the PFRD retained its identity.

It launched the Apolinario Mabini Awards to recognize annually the individuals, groups, and agencies who have contributed in rehabilitating and promoting PWDs. It also began the Philympics, a national sports competition for PWDs integrating sports and rehabilitation.

Parents who deny that they neglect to intervene in the development of their children with disabilities were trained regularly by the PFRD as well. It has disseminated 3,551 wheelchairs to date with the help of both government and non-government organizations.

As of this writing, the PFRD has “redirected its policies and strategies to effectively accomplish its primary mission of promoting rehabilitation against a backdrop of unfavorable social and economic conditions.”

“PFRD has the distinction of being the oldest non-governmental organization (NGO) that has worked for the last 59 years to address the needs of disabled persons.” ~ From the PFRD website

*These are the Republic Act 7277 (Magna Carta for Disabled Persons), Batas Pambansa Blg. 344 (Accessibility Law), Republic Act 6759 (White Cane Act), and the International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention No. 159 (Vocational Rehabilitation of Persons With Disability).