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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesMonday, December 10, 2012
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The Ten Outstanding Persons with Disabilities of Negros Oriental Alumni Community will award the winners in the search for “Barrier-Free Establishments in Dumaguete City” today at Robinsons Place, a government press release said.

Interim TOPWD committee chair, Philip Vilos said the activity aims to recognize efforts made by those who comply with the law by giving them a seal of commendation that they can use to boost their branding as barrier-free establishments.

The TOPD-AC and its partners, Great Physician Rehabilitation, Dumaguete City Engineer’s Office, Department of Public Works and Highways Negros Oriental, Dumaguete City Social Welfare and Development Office, and the City Tourism Office initiated the search that recognizes establishments, offices, and institutions that comply with the Accessibility Law, the press release said.

It identifies establishments that have instituted accessibility features in their businesses for PWDs, senior citizens and pregnant women.

Vilos said Batas Pambansa 344, or an Act to enhance the mobility of disabled persons by requiring buildings, institutions, establishments and public utilities to install facilities and other devices, was approved in 1982 but its implementation continues to fall short of its objectives.

The CEO has tried to fully enforce it, but lapses in ramp construction and in the features of PWD public restrooms in establishments and offices have regularly been noted, he added in the press release.*

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