Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy Taguiwalo signed on Thursday the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Republic Act (RA) 10754 or An Act Expanding the Benefits and Privileges of Persons with Disability (PWDs). The law provides value-added tax (VAT) exemption for PWDs.
Here are five things to know about RA 10754 and the privileges PWDs can enjoy with the implementation of the law.
1. DSWD Sec. Taguiwalo signs IRR of RA 10754
Taguiwalo signed the IRR of the RA 10754 on Thursday. The act was inked by former president Benigno Aquino III last March 23, granting differently-abled persons with VAT exemption and at least 20 percent discount on specific goods and services. The law is also applicable to Filipinos who hold foreign passports, but are registered as dual citizens, and Filipinos who have regained their Filipino citizenship.
2. It provides 20% discount
Based on the signed IRR, these expanded privileges for PWDs apply to the purchases of goods and services from lodging establishments, restaurants, recreation centers, purchase of medicines and food for special medical purpose, medical and dental services, diagnostic and laboratory fees, professional fees of attending doctors, domestic air and sea travel, land transportation travel, funeral and burial services for the death for a person with disability.
3. It provides educational assistance and other discounts
The law also covers educational assistance for all levels; social insurance thru GSIS, SSS, and PAG-IBIG; special discounts in the purchase of basic necessities; and access to express lanes and government establishments. It also provides tax incentives for those caring and living with PWDs up to the fourth degree of consanguinity, as long as the person is treated as dependent.
4. It mandates establishments and transportation groups to place signages
The law requires all establishments and land transportation groups to install signages to promote the benefits and privileges for PWDs. Signages should be placed within their premises and in public utility vehicles (PUVs).
5. It reflects the concerns raised by PWDs
Most of the provisions reflect the concerns raised by PWDs themselves. Taguiwalo vowed that the signing of the law is only a step forward to better serve the interest of the PWD sector.
“This is a step forward, but it is not our end goal,” The Philippine Information Agency quoted Taguiwalo in a statement.
“The signing of the law is just the start of our task and it is very crucial that we continue consulting with members of the PWD sector and their organizations,” the DSWD secretary added, noting how the agency has worked with the PWD sector to formulate the IRR.
PWDs are defined in the RA 10754 as individuals with long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairment which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.
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