Asia-Pacific May 26, 2014
PHILIPPINES: The National Council on Disability Affairs in partnership with the Department of Tourism held a “Regional Forum on Accessible Tourism for Person with Disabilities” and “Seminar on Handling Person with Disability” on May 22-23 at the Forest Lodge , Camp John Hay, Baguio City.
Carmen Zubiaga, NCDA acting executive director, said the activity is in line with the government trust of promoting a barrier- free tourism and disability inclusive tourism environment for persons with disabilities.
The first forum identified issues and related to accessible tourism through orientation on the existing local and international laws and mandates for persons with disabilities to come up with policy recommendations and measures that would create an inclusive barrier free and right –based society for persons with disabilities.
The second forum envisions to teach front-liners of hotels and other tourism-related industries on how to deal with customers and disabilities.
The activities is in line with the implementation of the National Tourism Development Plan as one of the core programs of President Benigno S. Aquino III focused on Tourism Promotion and Development that will eventually create more job opportunities for Filipinos including those with disabilities.
Invited resource person discussed the technical aspects and details of the universal design concept on tourism related establishments intended primarily for persons with disabilities including the elderly, children, and pregnant women.
In addition, the non- handicapping environment and Web Accessibility will be presented for the benefit of both local and international tourist with disabilities.