Amidst the current government measure providing mandatory health coverage1 to persons with disabilities (PWDs), the US State Department has reported in its annual human rights report2 that the latter “continued to face discrimination” in 2018 since the policy crafted by the National Council for Disability Affairs that same year to help them “was not effectively enforced”.
It pointed the inaccessibility of public buildings, limited transportation access, separate education centers, lack of a clear system to inform parents of PWDs with their educational rights, lack of a well-defined procedure for reporting discrimination in education, lack of offices dedicated for PWDs in 40% local government units, and discrimination in hiring and employment.
The US State Department seemed to forget to note, though, about the Mental Health Law (Republic Act 11036) signed into law in June 20, 2018. It will integrate mental health services, promote mental health services, protect the people who availed those services, establish a mental health council in the country, and prohibit discrimination against PWDs.
In any case, this month, the province of Camarines Norte has drafted its “Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan (LDRRMP)” for the next five years. The Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has also donated a 29-seater Toyota Coaster to the Philippine Paralympic Committee (PPC). Novels, textbooks, and other printed materials currently limited in distribution and production by copyright law were secured by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) for more than three million visually-impaired Filipinos.
Occupational therapy was also legislated recently. Entitled “Philippine Occupational Therapy Law of 2018” (Republic Act 11241), it has sought to create the Professional Regulatory Board of Occupational Therapy, which will issue or cancel registration and licenses for the practice of occupational therapy.
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1The health coverage—mandated in the Republic Act 11228—will be under the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) National Health Insurance Program.
2The “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2018” was produced by the US State Department on all countries receiving assistance and all United Nations member states since 1977.