DPWH set to conduct an orientation seminar on amended Implementing Rules and Regulations of Accessibility Law

Asia-Pacific, September 13 2011

Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines: District Engineer Arnaldo R. Bonifacio informed that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Tacloban City Engineering District is set to conduct an orientation seminar on the amended Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Accessibility Law or the Batas Pambansa No. 344.

The seminar will be conducted on September 23, 2011 at 1:00 o’clock to 5:00 o’clock in the afternoon at the DPWH-First LED, Multi-Purpose Hall, Pawing, Palo, Leyte, DE Bonifacio said.

Engr. Bonifacio said that as one of the three agencies of the government which undertake major infrastructure projects, the primary task of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is to see to it that construction and establishment of buildings, institutions or public utilities must comply with the requirement as mandated in the Accessibility Law or Batas Pambansa Bilang 344 or “The act to enhance mobility of disabled person by requiring certain buildings, institution, establishments and public utilities to install facilities and other devices.”

It is on this context that the DPWH TACDO is conducting the orientation with invited participants from the various stakeholders in the City.

Accordingly, the DPWH TACDEO aims to serve as a vehicle of information for programs implemented by the government for persons with disabilities that adhere to the promotion of the inherent rights and issues of persons with disabilities.

Engr., Bonifacio said that a barrier-free environment will enable persons with disabilities to have access in any public buildings and establishments and such other places mentioned in Batas Pambansa bilang 344.

It also aims to enhance the mobility of disabled persons by requiring certain buildings, establishments, public utilities to install facilities such as handrails, ramps, walkways, toilet or wash room, and other devices for persons with disabilities.

Source: http://www.pia.gov.ph

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