SEN. Lito Lapid is pushing for the passage of enabling legislation providing regular monthly government financial assistance of P2,000 to Indigent Persons with Disabilities (PWD).
As proposed in the senator’s bill, the aid of 2,000 pesos per month would be provided to indigent disabled people who cannot find regular jobs because of their disability and whose families are also indigent and cannot find employment or benefit from pensions that could help them survive.
The Lapid bill aims to address people with disabilities, which it defines as those who have “physical and mental disabilities, including sensory impairments, or who are blind, dumb or hard of hearing.”
Once the law is enacted, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will focus on people with mental and bodily disorders and “sensory impairments, who are blind and cannot hear”.
Once the enabling legislation takes effect, the DSWD and the National Council for Disabled Persons Affairs (NCDA) must first determine who is qualified and deserving to apply for and receive state assistance.
Those who misrepresent or mislead the authorities by registering relatives as disabled will be fined between 25,000 and 100,000 pesos.
In tabling the expected remedial legislation, Lapid recalled that it was based on the National Disability Prevalence Survey from 2016 which recorded that there were approximately 12% of Filipinos aged 15 and above suffering from a disability. disability, noting that 47% of them were listed with a “moderate disability”. and 23% with a “slight disability”.
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