Senator Sonny Angara has called for an investigation on the distribution and use fake identification cards for persons with disabilities (PWDs).
Angara said the issuance of PWD IDs must be reviewed following the reports of individuals using fake ones as discount IDs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We need to tighten up the process involved in issuing these cards so that only legitimate PWDs will enjoy the benefits under the law,” Angara said in a statement after filing Senate Resolution No. 455.
Under Republic Act 10754 or the law expanding the benefits and privileges of PWDs—a law Angara co-wrote—those with PWD IDs are entitled to a 20% discount and exemption from value added tax on food purchases, movie tickets, medicines, and transportation fares.
City mayors or barangay captains can issue the PWD IDs, but only to those affected by mental, visual, speech, hearing, orthopedic, learning, or psychosocial impairments, and chronic illnesses.
“A review of the implementation of this provision of the law is clearly needed so that the appropriate safeguards would be introduced to ensure only those who are in actual need of the benefits and privileges are granted such while also protecting the establishments against abuses,” Angara said.
To recall, a restaurant owner reported of an instance when he served a table where all 9 members of the family presented their PWD IDs. Two of them had PWD IDs with the same card numbers.
Aside from fake PWD IDs, businesses have also taken note of fake senior citizen cards during the health crisis.