A bill filed in the Senate seeks "lifetime validity" for Persons With Disability or PWD ID cards for those who are permanently disabled, its author Sen. Lito Lapid said Friday.
This will remove the burden of renewing the PWD ID, the bearers' gateway to benefits, every three years, Lapid said. For the permanently disabled, renewing their ID every three years is an "unnecessary burden," Lapid said.
Lapid said the exemption renewal would apply to those with pre-existing birth defects, those with permanent blindness or deafness and those who lost limbs or body parts.
“Marapat lamang na bigyan ng mas malawak na pang-unawa at konsiderasyon ang mga kababayan nating may kapansanan," Lapid said. "Makakabigat lamang sa kanila ang pagsasailalim sa paulit-ulit na proseso ng pagkuha ng ID at pag-aaksaya lang din ito ng kanilang oras at salaping pambayad sa renewal fee."
Lapid's bill seeks to amend the PWD ID provision in the current Magna Carta for Disabled Persons.