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Public input sought on setup of PWD desks in barangays
by Aileen P. Refuerzo / PIO

The city council will seek suggestions from the public on the implementation of Ordinance 47 s. 2017, which mandates the establishment of PWD desks and committee in each of the 128 barangays.

A public consultation on the ordinance will be conducted by the committee on employment, livelihood, cooperatives, and persons with disabilities under Councilor Arthur Allad-iw on Dec. 6 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the City Hall multipurpose hall.

As provided in the ordinance, the PWD committee will be headed by the punong barangay and the chair of the committee on women and family in the barangay council with the president of PWD group at the barangay level, the barangay health worker, civil society organization representative, inter-faith representative, youth representative, Barangay Nutrition Action Officer, barangay volunteers, and representative from the Local Development Council.

The committee is required to meet once every three months or as may be necessary.

Its functions include serving as an advisory committee to the barangay council on PWD concerns, proposing annual budgetary allocations for the operation and maintenance of PWD desks; formulating the PWD development plans and programs and assisting the corresponding barangay council in setting the direction of economic and social development of PWDs.

It will also coordinate, monitor, appraise, and evaluate the implementation of development programs and projects for PWDs, mobilize people’s participation in PWD development efforts, assist in the formulation of the guidelines in the general management and/or operation of the PWDs and perform such other functions as may be necessary.

The PWD desk will be manned by a barangay official, a volunteer, or a PWD and will function as the receiving section and action center of all issues and concerns related to PWDs.

For those who intend to appoint a desk officer who is not a member of the barangay council, the appointment must be supported by a resolution or endorsement from a PWD organization or PWD assembly which will be adopted by the barangay council. The appointee should be a bona fide resident of the barangay and member of the PWD organization.

Among the duties of the PWD committee chair are to coordinate with the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Office of the City Social Welfare and Development Officer on PWD concerns; represent the barangay during PWD activities and meetings of local development councils and other special bodies; issue identification cards to PWDs indicating therein the disability, name of the guardian, name of claimant for tax exemptions and other benefits, tax identification number of the tax claimant, contact number of the guardian/claimant; ensure that PWDs are assisted by persons of their choice during national or local elections in accordance with Section 29 of the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons.

Together, they will also monitor and report discriminatory acts committed against PWDs and ensure the attainment of a barrier-free environment, to report to the Persons with Disability Affairs Office under the Mayor’s Office, non-compliant establishments and such other places mentioned in Batas Pambansa Bilang 344, otherwise known as the Accessibility Law, among other functions.

Violators will be subject to penalties ranging from P3,000 to P5,000.


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