Please note that The Benefits for PWD has been amended. Kindly visit the following link:
It was February this year when we dined at a Japanese restaurant in Calamba. I ordered a bowl of ramen and a 3-pieces gyoza for my own consumption that probably amounted to 400 pesos. After we finished our meals, Neng, my niece, summoned the wait staff for the bill, and immediately paid the amount printed on the tape receipt. The waitress returned with the change, I gave my PWD ID card and requested her to ask the cashier if they can adjust the bill. When the waitress came back, she said “Sir, mura na po ang presyo namin dito kaya wala na pong discount para sa inyo,” trying her very charm but placed a 10 peso coin together with my ID card on my hand.I shut my mouth in shame.
But to be fair, in most cases, restaurants in Metro Manila automatically grant me discount accordingly upon showing my PWD ID card. Krispy Kreme in Solenad Nuvali Sta. Rosa takes out 20 percent discount even if I purchase a dozen of assorted donuts, while in some bakeshops, I only allowed to get a piece of bread or a slice of cake to avail discount.
This kept me wondering what really are the benefits entitled to a person like me. So trying to resolved my query I searched the web and found the following.
Listed below are the benefits entitled for all PWD in the Philippines:
(a) At least twenty percent (20%) discount from all establishments relative to the utilization of all services in hotels and similar lodging establishments; restaurants and recreation centers for the exclusive use or enjoyment of persons with disability;
(b) A minimum of twenty percent (20%) discount on admission fees charged by the theaters, cinema houses, concert halls, circuses, carnivals and other similar places of culture, leisure and amusement for the exclusive use or enjoyment of persons with disability;
(c) At least twenty percent (20%) discount for the purchase of medicines in all drugstores for the exclusive use or enjoyment of persons with disability;
(d) At least twenty percent (20%) discount on medical and dental services including diagnostic and laboratory fees such as, but not limited to x-rays, computerized tomography scans and blood tests, in all government facilities, subject to guidelines to be issued by the Department of Health (DOH), in coordination with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHILHEALTH);
(e) At least twenty percent (20%) discount on medical and dental services including diagnostic and laboratory fees, and professional fees of attending doctors in all private hospitals and medical facilities, in accordance with the rules and regulations to be issued by the DOH, in coordination with the PHILHEALTH;
(f) At least twenty percent (20%) discount on fare for domestic air and sea travel for the exclusive use or enjoyment of persons with disability;
(g) At least twenty percent (20%) discount in public railways, skyways and bus fare for the exclusive use and enjoyment of persons with disability;
(h) Educational assistance to persons with disability, for them to pursue primary, secondary, tertiary, post tertiary, as well as vocational or technical education, In both public and private schools, through the provision of scholarships, grants, financial aids, subsidies and other incentives to qualified persons with disability, including support for books, learning materials, and uniform allowance to the extent feasible: provided, that persons with disability shall meet minimum admission requirements;
(i) To the extent practicable and feasible, the continuance of the same benefits and privileges given by the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Social Security System (SSS), and PAG-IBIG, as the case may be, as are enjoyed by those in actual service;
(j) To the extent possible, the government may grant special discounts in special programs for persons with disability on purchase of basic commodities, subject to guidelines to be issued for the purpose by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Agriculture (DA); and
(k) Provision of express lanes for persons with disability in all commercial and government establishments; in the absence thereof, priority shall be given to them.
The above mentioned privileges are available only to persons with disability who are Filipino citizens upon submission of any of the following as proof of his/her entitlement thereto:
(I) An identification card issued by the city or municipal mayor the barangay captain of the place where the person with disability resides;
(II) The passport of the persons with disability concerned; or
(III) Transportation discount fare Identification Card (ID) issued by the National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons (NCWDP).
The privileges may not be claimed if the persons with disability claims a higher discount as may be granted by the commercial establishment and/or under other existing laws or in combination with other discount program/s.
The above list was obtained from
REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9442
April 30, 2007
AN ACT AMENDING REPUBLIC ACT NO. 7277, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE “MAGNA CARTA FOR DISABLED PERSONS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES”
To learn more about REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9442, please visit: LawPhil.Net