Poe questions lack of funds for PWD facilities in 2021 budget

Published October 5, 2020, 12:54 PM

by Vanne Elaine Terrazola

Senator Grace Poe questioned on Monday the lack of funds for the construction of disability-friendly facilities in the proposed 2021 budget.

In a statement, Poe lamented the “miniscule” amount that the executive department has allotted for infrastructure for persons with disability (PWDs) in its proposed spending plan for next year.

Sen. Grace Poe (FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN)

“A mere P560 million is allocated for disability-friendly facilities. This will account for 0.05 percent of the entire infrastructure budget for next year,” she said.

“Halos 1.4 million ang ating mga PWDs (There are almost 1.4 million PWDs in the country). Bakit halos walang laman ang salop para sa kanila (Why was their coffer almost empty)?” asked Poe, citing data from the Philippine Statistics Authority.

Around P1.107 trillion is proposed to be spent on capital outlays under the National Expenditure Program for 2021, she noted.

Poe pointed out that under Republic Act No. 7277, the “Magna Carta for Disabled Persons,” national and local governments are mandated to allocate funds for the provision of architectural or structural features for disabled persons in government buildings and facilities.

She said government buildings also have low compliance with the law on the accessibility for PWDs.

She added that authorities should “proactively address the needs of disabled Filipinos, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“The government should do more for PWDs than just placing signs for reserved seats. Compliance should not be sticker-deep,” she said.

 
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