Asia-Pacific, News Apr 22, 2016
TUGUEGARAO CITY, CAGAYAN: The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), in cooperation with the Department of Tourism (DOT), is pushing for a kind of tourism which can be accessed by persons with disabilities.
The move of both agencies was inspired by the promotion of the “Tourism for All” policy of the government, a national campaign providing policy guidelines for stakeholders on accessible tourism as provided for in the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP).
Carmen Zubiaga, acting executive director, in a forum here, said the policy requires DOT accredited establishments to ensure that persons with disabilities will also get to enjoy the best the country has to offer.
Such establishments include restaurants, hotels, inns, apartelles, pension houses, resorts and similar lodging establishments as well as tertiary hospitals, ambulatory clinics, spas, sports and recreation centers, museums, galleries, tourist land, water and air transports.
“A lot of tourism establishments are not accessible for persons with disabilities. We need to ensure accessibility for persons with disabilities because they are the individuals who need to be brought out from the homes,” Zubiaga said.
Zubiaga said the NCDA and DOT will continue to monitor the compliance of the tourism industry players on the said policies.
She added that the operators of the concerned establishments are given a year grace period to comply with the accessibility provision of the law.