- There are just few steps to do in order to apply for a PWD ID
- Those who are eligible to avail the said PWD ID are those with impairment
- Discover more about the discounts and benefits that are entitled to PWD ID holders
It has been great to see how our government shows support to every Filipino citizens and most especially to persons with disabilities (PWD). Many lawmakers have been advocating for the rights and benefits of PWDs. However, not all have been exercising this right and privileges. So, KAMI has listed the steps to apply for a PWD ID as reported by Smart Parenting and the benefits it come with as reported by Living and Loving Philippines.
What is a Persons with Disabilities (PWD) ID?
As mandated by law, Filipino citizens with disabilities or persons with disabilities (PWD) are entitled to variety of privileges in the country. According to the Magna Carta of Disabled Persons (R.A. 7277) and as explained more in R.A. 9442 and RA 10754, “the state is duty-bound to recognize the rights, protect, and support PWDs through various social systems.”
Therefore, those people with disabilities are given valid identification card that they can present to different government agencies, establishments, and services to avail discounts or privileges.
Who are eligible to have a PWD ID?
According to National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), here are the classifications and identified impairment that can be granted of PWD ID:
1. Physical/Orthopedic Disability
2. Visual Impairment
3. Hearing Impairment
4. Speech Impairment
5. Intellectual Disability
6. Psychosocial Disability (includes people with ADHD, bipolar disorder, long-term recurring depression, nervous breakdown, epilepsy, schizophrenia, and other long-term recurring mental or behavioral problems)
Read the official announcement of NCDA here for those with chronic illness.
Where and how to apply for a PWD ID?
The first step is to gather the requirements such as:
- Medical Abstract or Certificate given by licensed physician/teacher
- Filled out PWD Registration form which can be accessed through pwd.doh.gov.ph (click here for direct link) or PWD registration centers and other offices like Office of the Mayor, of the Barangay Captain, NDCA or DSWD.
- Two 1x1 ID pictures
Second step is to submit the requirements to your city or province’s Persons with Disability Affairs Office which you can inquire from your City Hall to know exactly where it is located. The issuance, claiming and renewal of PWD IDSs also happen there.
For more detailed information regarding application, you can read it here.
What are the benefits of having PWD ID?
Once the PWD ID has been issued, the card owner will be given a Persons with Disability Purchase Booklet. The card along with the booklet must be carried at all times for it has important information and fill out slips needed to avail the discounts and privileges. The booklet contains the list of all the benefits and discounts for those PWD ID owner.
The benefits are:
20% discount and 12% VAT exemption
• Hotels, restaurants, and recreational centers
• Cinemas, concert halls or any cultural, leisure or amusement place admission fees
• Medicines from any drugstores
• Medical and dental services (both diagnostic and laboratory fees)
• Domestic travel (via sea or air)
• Transportation fees (jeepney, bus, train, taxi, Uber, Grab, etc.)
• Funeral and burial services
• Skyway and tollway fees
5% discount from basic necessities
• Rice, Corn, Bread
• Canned marine and meat products
• Fresh meat including pork, beef, and chicken
• Fresh eggs, milk, infant formulas and other dairy products
• Fresh vegetables, root crops, onion, garlic
• Coffee, sugar, salt, cooking oil, noodles
• Laundry soap, diapers, detergent
• Candles, charcoal, firewood
• Veterinary products including swine, poultry, and cattle feeds and product
• Nipa, shingles, plyboard, construction nails
• Batteries, electrical supplies, light bulbs, steel wire
However, it should be noted that there is a spending limit of P1,300 per week. The amount cannot be carried for the succeeding weeks.
Education assistance (scholarship, grants or financial aids)
• Primary, secondary or tertiary
• Private, public, vocational or technical educational establishments
• Discount from National bookstore
• GSIS, SSS and Pag-IBIG
• P15,000 worth of benefits from PhilHealth
• Exclusive public attorneys
• P25,000 deduction of annual income tax deduction to relatives up to fourth civil degree living and caring for the PWD
Free movies every Monday and Tuesday
• However, there are times that this varies to the mall or the city. For example, a mall in Quezon City, PWDs can watch the first time-screening of the film every Monday and Tuesday. Some allow PWDs to watch until 5PM.
• Only 2 movies a day are allowed
• This does not include 3D and IMAX
Exclusive VIP parking space in major malls in the city
Opportunities for employment
Express or priority lanes in both commercial and government establishments
Protection against verbal and non-verbal ridicule and vilification
For more information about the privileges, you may read it here and here.
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