Philippines DPWH official reiterates strict implementation of Accessibility Law

Asia-Pacific, February 13 2013

BAGUIO CITY: The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Cordillera is reminding building officials to strictly implement the Batas Pambansa 344 otherwise known as the Accessibility Law.

DPWH Cordillera regional director Edilberto P. Carabbacan reiterated to all city and municipal building officials to strictly implement the provisions of PB 344 and to ensure that all approvals of the application for building permits and certificates of building occupancy shall be evaluated to comply with the law.

“Concerned groups and individuals with disability came to our office to call the attention of some of the establishment who did not comply of the accessibility law,” Carabbacan said.

He also ordered the district engineers (DE) in the region to see to it that plans and designs of public buildings and other structures must conform with the provisions of the law.

“I will hold DPWH district engineers responsible for any infraction or violation relative to this directive,” Carabaccan said.

He added that all district engineers are instructed to submit action plan with corresponding budgetary requirement to make all buildings or structures compliant to BP 344.

Batas Pambansa 344 states that to enhance the mobility of disabled persons by requiring certain buildings, institutions, establishments and public utilities to install facilities and other devices.

Source: Philippine Information Agency

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