Number Coding Exemption for PWD

A while ago, a very nice person updated us on how to procure a UVVRP Exemption Certification or the MMDA Number Coding exemption for PWD.

 She provided us a copy of the requirement on what to present the MMDA office when applying for a MMDA Number Coding exemption for PWD. Basically there is and official procedure on how to apply but this is intended in the general public and not specific for PWD.

Below is the official procedure on how to apply for a number coding exemption:

http://www.mmda.gov.ph/20-faq/292-procedure-in-applying-for-uvvrp-number-coding-exemption

What is the procedure in applying for UVVRP (Number Coding) exemption?

  1. Submit a letter of request addressed to the Office of the Chairman – MMDA (MMDA Main Bldg. EDSA cor. Orense St. Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati City).
  2. Submit a photocopy of the OR/CR of your vehicle.
  3. Upon approval, the applicant should pay an amount of P500 to the 6th floor (Treasury Department), for an exemption covering the period until December 30.

For PWD there are added document needed to procure first before going to the MMDA office in Guadalupe. In the image above stated that the following papers/documents are added to the basic requirements:

  1. Medical Abstract,
  2. Photocopy of your PWD ID.
  3. Certification form school if enrolled to a special school

If you have further inquiries or question regarding the policy please contact MMDA at the following details:

Address : MMDA Main Bldg. EDSA cor. Orense St. Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati City
Tel# : 882-0868 / 882-4150 local 1035
Email : mmdaofficeofthechairman@gmail.com

Defrauding the SSS: Why must we be vigilant?

Stealing from the Social Security System fund is both immoral and illegal. We in the PWD community abhor acts by non-disabled people that maligned and conspire to defraud what is a very sacred fund religiously maintained by millions of hard-working Filipinos. More than 6 out of 10 people in the Philippine maintain contributions to the SSS fund and among those contribute, a large 80% do so without a choice as it is automatically deducted from their salaries. Continue reading

The PWDPhil Hour: Sunday Edition

The radio show PWDPhil Hour now has a Sunday Edition! We have reformatted the show to give way to the more serious issues that beset the PWD community. What to expect from the Sunday edition? See what we have in store for you:

  1. Oct 29, 2017 – NDRRMC’s Mina Marasigan is going to tell us about what her agency’s protocols are regarding the evacuation of PWDs, senior citizens and the infirm during times of disasters such as storm surges and earthquakes.
  2. Nov 5, 2017 – PAL’s Cielo Villaluna will tell us about PAL’s special privileges and discounts for the traveler with special needs. She will also explain why some fares have discounts and why some fares don’t.
  3. Nov 12, 2017 – DOT Assec Ricky Alegre will tell PWDs where to visit in the Philippines that is PWD-friendly and wheelchair-friendly.

The PWDPhil Hour: Sunday Edition will be co anchored by Beck Cortez, the Corporate Treasurer of the Organization for Pinoys with Disabilities Inc. which is the NGO behind this radio show.

It will be a good Sunday Edition for our community as we strive to discuss topics that will give you important information. You can also hear us livestreaming on the Internet and via PBS rAPP on your mobile phone.

The Filipino attitude towards Autism Spectrum Disorder

Our radio show “the PWDPhil Hour” has had several guests and calls from listeners, many of them sharing their experiences through our segment #myPWDstory which is also available to them online through our Facebook page (http://facebook.com/PWDPhil)

One of the most eye-opening incidents on the show was when we were airing yesterday (Sept 24, 2017), one of our texters asked the question “… ang taong nasiraan ng ulo aksep po ba yan sa PWD autism din po ba yan…?” To me this question raised two points: One, is that the general attitude about mental disorders, the average Filipino will just chalk it up to “sira ulo” and all the other negative stereotypes that go with the label.

And two, that mental disorders are not considered as a medical condition by the average Filipino. Many Pinoys believe that mental disorders are conditions that the sufferers can just wake up one Jday and snap out of it. It is this belief that make the life of mental disorder sufferers and people with autism very difficult and almost impossible to endure.

Opportunities for school and work often available to non-disabled children are practically non-existent for children with autism. Most of the time they are left to the care of institutions, individuals and relatives, oftentimes considered a burden to both the state and the primary caretakers. We at the Organization for Pinoys with Disabilities Inc. do not believe this. Children with autism deserve treatment and understanding because they are, above all, children too, autism or not.

Filipinos must realize that “crazy people” are not that way by choice. This is the same with sufferers of autism. It is not something they have chosen to become or a result of bad parenting. It may be genetic but it may also be negligence on the part of the mother during her pregnancy. Those who have been known to have been heavily drinking, smoking or using recreational drugs during pregnancy are said to have offspring suffering from autism, cerebral palsy and other birth-borne conditions. During one of our radio shows, a gynecologist named Dr. Rebecca Singson reiterated the need for pregnant mothers to watch what they eat and stick to organic food, consciously avoiding processed food like hotdogs, cakes and the like as these can trigger a plethora of medical conditions that might adversely affect both mother and child.

Please do tune in to our radio program “the PWDPhil Hour” for more information on how you can help prevent such conditions for your child. If you are already the caregiver of a person with disabilities, do tune in and join the conversation so we can get you the help you need by guesting doctors, audiologists, psychiatrists and even developmental pediatricians. The PWDPhil Hour airs every Saturday and Sunday. 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm over DZRB 738 KHz AM Radyo Pilipinas 1.