Benefits and Privileges of Persons With Disabilities
September 4, 2020
Persons with Disabilities (PWD)
are those with long-term physical, mental or sensory impairments that affect their ability to perform equally with the others.
1. Government programs and privileges - our government has launched different programs for PWDs to protect their welfare and provide their health care needs. All disabled persons have mandatory coverage under SSS, Philhealth and Pag-ibig.
Philhealth offers mandatory health coverage for all PWDs under Republic Act 11228 which took effect on March 19, 2019. Aside from inpatient care, PWDs also have outpatient benefits that provide free check ups and laboratories such as chest X-ray, lipid profile, complete blood count, urinalysis, fecalysis, sputum microscopy, fasting blood sugar, among others; including medicines for asthma, acute gastroenteritis, upper respiratory tract infection, pneumonia and urinary tract infection. Part of this law is to develop packages for PWD’s specific health and developmental needs.
Other discounts and privileges are designated express lanes, educational assistance, and city-wide benefits like a free birthday cake if you reside in Makati, cash gifts or financial assistance for Makati and Cebu residents, or free movie admission and free parking in selected areas.
To enjoy these benefits, you have to present your PWD identification. If you haven’t applied for one yet, here’s how to get your ID
and fill-out the application form
Step2: Provide 2pcs 1×1 or 2x2 ID photos (depending on your city/municipality requirement) with name and signature at the back
Step3: Bring a barangay clearance, voter’s ID, or any valid government-issued ID Step4: Submit all the requirements to: A. Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) of the city hall or municipal hall where you reside B. City or Municipal Social Welfare and Development office C. City or Municipal Health Office or its satellite offices E. Office of the Barangay Captain F. NCDA office (for urgent cases) Don’t forget to attach your latest medical certificate or clinical abstract from a licensed private or government clinic that confirms disability conditions and to avoid your application from being denied.
4. Insurance acceptance - All PWDs applying for insurance must not be denied due to their disability. They deserve the protection as the able-bodied people get.
supports in providing protection for the PWDs and their families. We offer both health and life insurance products for ages 18 to 75 years old at affordable premiums. Visit our website to find a product that suits your needs at www.paramountdirect.com
. If you need assistance or want someone to explain your chosen product, feel free to call us through any of these numbers: Customer Service Hotline (+632) 8772-9264 or GLOBE 0917-558-3969 or SMART/SUN 0998-842-1957 during weekdays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (except holidays).
It’s good to know how our government shows their utmost concern to the health and well-being of their citizens, especially those with disabilities. Let’s show our respect and give our support to them in our own simple ways.