Cebu City council asks Labella to ensure PWD-friendly CCMC
The Cebu City Council has requested Mayor Edgardo Labella to ensure that services at the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) are elderly- and disabled-friendly.
In a resolution sponsored by Councilor Alvin Dizon, the City Council asked Labella to see to it that the new city hospital, which is schedule to fully operate this year, observes the laws protecting the welfare of persons with disabilities (PWDs) and the senior citizens.
Dizon said the rights of PWDs and elderlies are protected under Section 11 of the Constitution which provides that the “State shall adopt an integrated and comprehensive approach to health, development which shall endeavor to make essential goods, health and other social services available to all the people at affordable cost. There shall be priority for the needs of the underprivileged, sick, elderly, disabled, women and children.” (https://www.philstar.com/the-freeman/cebu-news/2019/09/16/1952120/labella-asked-ensure-ccmc-pwd-friendly)
Also citing Section 25 of Republic Act 7277, the politiko said it is the duty of the government to provide a barrier-free environment for the PWDs to give them the opportunity to have access in public and private buildings.
Batas Pambansa Bilang 344 also requires certain buildings, institutions, establishments and public utilities to enhance the mobility of PWDs to fully enjoy their rights of social life and the development of the societies as equal as the opportunities enjoyed by the other citizens.