By Rizal Obanil
A Facebook post of a woman with no legs, who was barred from entering a government office, has gone viral.
Nancy Torrelino Boroc, 27, posted a video of her experience at the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in Calbayog, Samar wherein she was prevented from entering because, according to the security guard, she was wearing shorts.
In her post dated August 6, Boroc said she went to the BIR-Calbayog to process a request, but upon arriving there she was told by the security guard the she could not enter.
“Bawal po ang naka-shorts” (People wearing shorts aren’t allowed), Boroc was told by the security guard.
“Kuya kahit po PWD (person with disability) na hindi nakakapag long pants?” (Even a PWD who can’t wear long pants?), she then asked.
The security guard answered “Yes po dahil sa bagong MDR” (Yes because of the new MDR).
The Facebook post has since gotten more than 8,800 reactions, most of which were anger towards the security guard’s behavior.
It has also been shared more than 5,000 times.
Boroc though said that a few days after the incident she went back, this time wearing socks on her thighs.
She also noted that a different guard was on duty that day who unlike the first one, allowed her to enter without a fuss.
In an interview over Facebook messenger, Boroc told Manila Bulletin Online that this was not the first time that an incident like this happened to her.
“Hindi po ito ang first time. Pero sa iba’t-ibang lugar at iba’t-ibang tao po” (This was not the first time. But it was in a different place and with a different person),” Boroc narrated.
Ironically, even though such things happened to her, she said that she never bothered to report them out of pity for the person doing the discriminatory act.
“Di po ako nag-report, ayaw ko po sana mapagalitan or matanggal po ang guard. Naaawa po ako kasi alam ko pong may pamilya pong umaasa sa kanya din po” (I didn’t report them because I don’t want to be the cause for a guard to be scolded or worse terminated from his job. I feel pity because I know that they have a family who also depend on them),” she explained.
When asked what she thinks can be done to prevent such things from happening in the future she said “Sana po sa kahit anong establishment, lalo na po sa government premises po, laging sensitive po sila about sa mga PWDs. Yung tipong magbigay po sila ng awareness or anything po para po hindi po maging by the book yung empleyado po nila at pagpapatupad ng mga memorandum po.”
(I hope that any establishment, especially government premises should not be insensitive to PWDs. They should make their employees more aware so that they won’t tend to be bookish in the implementation of their memos.)