[Event/Campaign] Caravan for Accessible Transpo -Philippine Deaf Resource Center

Sa mahal naming mga kasama, tagasuporta at kaibigan,

*Taimtim kaming nakikiisa sa aming mga kapatid –

Humihingi po kami na nasa sektor ng mga may kapansanan, ng inyong suporta sa aming balak na kilos sa Huwebes, 17 Hulyo, upang ipahayag ang aming mga hinaing ukol sa pag di pagtugon ng ating pamahalaan sa aming mga pangangailangan sa pampublikong sasakyan at mga daanan at lansangan.

Kung mamabutihin ninyong suportahan kami, nangangailangan po kami ng:
1. mga sasakyan na sasali sa Caravan na mawawagayway ng mga banner / plakard
2. media coverage upang maipaabot ang aming mga hinaing at pangangailangan
3. inyong tulong sa pagkalat ng mensaheng ito sa pamamagitan ng social media, pasabi, atbp sa higit na nakararaming mga tao, upang madagdagan rin ang kamalayan ng ating mga kababayan ukol sa sektor namin.

Kalakip rito ang aming Manifesto sa DOTC.

Aanhin namin ang taunang National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week (July 17 – 23) kung ni hindi man lang accessible ang pampublikong transportasyon?

Paano kami makapapasok sa paaralan, sa trabaho, makapupunta sa ospital, sa korte, sa simbahan, o makilahok sa pakikibaka ng aming karapatang pantao, kung hindi man lamang kami makaabot sa mga lugar na ito?

Umaasa kaming sasamahan ninyo kami sa aming ipinaglalaban.

Salamat sa inyong tugon, at pagpalain kayo –
Liza B. Martinez, Ph.D.
Director, Philippine Deaf Resource Center; / Deaf Resources Philippines
Philippine Alliance of Persons with Chronic Illness
*Member, Philippine Coalition on the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

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July 17, 2014

HON. JOSEPH EMILIO AGUNALDO ABAYA
SECRETARY
Department of Transportation and Communication
SUBJECT: Ensuring access of persons with disabilities to the physical environment, to transportation, to information and communications including information and communications technologies and systems, and to other facilities and services open or provided to the public, both in urban and rural areas in order to enable persons with disabilities to live independently and participate fully in all aspects of life.
We, the representatives of Disabled People’s Organization declare our collective statements as follows:

1. Presently, persons with disabilities suffer from barriers brought about by negative attitude of the people; poor design of infrastructures; facilities; and services that resulted to further marginalization of persons with disabilities. These barriers prevented persons with disabilities to use the public buses, public jeepneys, public tricycles, LRT/MRT and other rail-based transport utilities, water-based transport utilities and in some cases for air-based transportation. This resulted to poorer access to education, health care, work and employment, political participation, cultural life, recreation, leisure, sports and many others. In the end, persons with disabilities are less productive and becomes burden to their family and the society.

2. The lack of accessibility:
◦ limited and restricted our movement in the physical environment
◦ limited and restricted our access to information
◦ limited and restricted our communications
◦ resulted in spending more on transportation as compared to others
◦ resulted in spending more for hiring someone in order to access information or for communications

3. But on April 15, 2008 the Philippine government gave hope to the sector of persons with disabilities when our country became the 23rd State that ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). “Pacta sunt servanda” (agreements must be kept), a rule that agreements and stipulations contained in treaties must be observed. Under this agreement, the Philippine government should take steps to ensure and promote the full realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all persons with disabilities without discrimination of any kind on the basis of disability.

4. According to CRPD, disability results from the interaction between persons with impairments and attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinders their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.

5. The CRPD clearly stated that in order to eliminate the barriers faced by persons with disabilities, State Parties has to:
◦ adopt legislative, administrative and other measures to ensure that persons with disabilities enjoy all their human rights and fundamental freedoms on an equal basis with others
◦ modify or abolish existing laws, regulations, customs and practices that constitute discrimination
◦ take into account protection and promotion of human rights of persons with disabilities in all policies and programs
◦ refrain from engaging in any act or practice inconsistent with CRPD
◦ take all appropriate measures to eliminate discrimination
◦ undertake or promote research and development of universal design and promote availability and use of new technology
◦ provide accessible information about mobility aids, devices, assistive technologies, other forms of assistance, services and facilities
◦ promote training of professionals and staff in the rights recognized in the CRPD
◦ use maximum available resources with a view of progressive realization for the full implementation of CRPD
◦ closely consult with and actively involve persons with disabilities, including children with disabilities, through their representative organizations in the development and implementation of legislation and policies and other decision-making processes concerning issues relating to persons with disabilities

6. Section 29 of the 2013 General Appropriations Act and even before 2013 provides that “all agencies of the government shall formulate plans, programs and projects intended to address concerns of senior citizens and differently-abled person, insofar as it relates to their mandated functions, and integrate the same in their regular activities. Moreover, all government facilities, including infrastructure, non-infrastructure and civil works projects of the government, as well as office buildings, streets, highways, shall provide architectural facilities or structural features and designs that shall reasonably enhance the mobility, safety and welfare of differently-abled persons pursuant to B.P. 344 and R.A. 7277.”

7. In view of the above-mentioned statements, we call for the Department of Transportation to:

  1. Take immediate action to improve the accessibility of public utilities particularly of LRT, MRT and PNR and as well as Pasig River ferry boats and other water vessels for public use.
  2. Review the policies on acquiring driver’s license to ensure that persons with disabilities are not discriminated on the basis of disability.
  3. Undertake measures to ensure that persons with disabilities using tricycles and other types of modified motorcycles are not discriminated on the use of roads open to the public.
  4. Adopt legislative and administrative measures to ensure that land, water and air transport for public use is accessible to persons with disabilities.
  5. Support Disabled People’s Organization to develop accessible transport service cooperative.
  6. To ensure that the voices of persons with disabilities are reflected in all decision-making processes from the very early stage up to the implementation including in the monitoring.

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