Persons with disabilities seek increase aid

Posted on July 16, 2012

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PERSONS with Disabilities (PWDs) asked City Hall to increase Cebu city’s financial assistance to them to P5,000 a year.

Leonilo Umayan, PWD ferederation head, said they also have maintenance medication like senior citizens.

He took note of Mayor Michael Rama’s pledge to increase the city’s assistance to senior citizens.

The city has 12,000 registered PWDs of whom 6,237 passed the validation process to qualify for the city’s P3,000 annual assistance.

The first part worth P2,000 will be released on July 31, the end of the PWD month celebration The remaining P1, 000 will be released in December 2012.

Social Worker Virgie Piccio said she will soon submit to Mayor Rama a proposal to increase PWD assistance to P5,000 next year.

Efforts are also being made to request the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to assign a precinct for use for PWDs and senior citizens.

Rama promised during his State of the City Address to increase senior citizens assistance from P7,000 this year to P10,000 next year if he’s reelected. Cash aid will be further increased to P12,000 in 2014.

The mayor said he will study the PWD proposal and help lobby with Comelec for a special precinct for them.

PWDs can register for membership at the city’s PWD office. They have to bring a voter’s certificate, a medical certificate and ID photos.

Only those registered as Cebu City voters since 2007 can avail of the P3,000 aid for PWDs. /Correspondent Edison delos Angeles

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