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DOT pinakikilos ng solon; tourist sites gawing senior, PWD-friendly

MANILA, Philippines – Hinimok ni House Deputy Speaker at  Las Piñas City Rep Camille Villar ang Department of Tourism na magkaroon ng “accessible tourism practices” para sa mga senior citizens at Persons With Disabilities(PWDs) aa hangarin na rin na mas marami pang turista ang bumisita sa bansa.

Sa  House Bill No. 10349 o PWD and Senior Citizen-Friendly Tourism Sites Act na inihain ni Villar sinabi nito na ang  “Accessible tourism” ang siyang dapat na i-promote sa lahat ng tourist locations, facilities at services.

“Accessible tourism enables all people to participate in and enjoy tourism experiences. More people have access needs, whether or not related to a physical condition. For example, older and less mobile people have access needs, which can become a huge obstacle when traveling or touring.” paliwanag ni Villar.

Aniya, ang “accessibility” ang isa sa pinakaimportante pagdating sa turismo lalo at maraming senior citizens ang bumibiyahe.

“As we grow older, our chance of experiencing a permanent or temporary disability is increased. A focus on accessibility can therefore ensure that we are able to participate fully in our societies well into our older years. Accessibility also benefits pregnant women and persons who are temporarily rendered immobile,” giit ni Villar.

Sinabi ni Villar na dahil sa kawalan ng bansa ng mga travel at tourism facilities ay maraming turista ang hindi napipili ang Pilipinas sa kanilang travel destination.

Umaasa si Villar na kakatigan ng mga mambabatad ang pagpasa ng  HB 10349 bilang tugon na din sa UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) na niratipikahan ng Pilipinas noong December 2006.

“This calls on State parties to take appropriate measures to ensure that persons with disabilities have equal access to the physical environment, information, transportation and other facilities and services open or provided to the public” ani Villar.

“Article 30 on Participation as stated in the CRPD enjoins all State parties to ensure that persons with disability enjoy the benefits of tourism, cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport” dagdag pa nito.

Sa oras na maisabatas ay aatasan ang Department of Tourism katuwang ang  Department of Public Works and Highways, National Council on Disability Affairs at National Commission of Senior Citizens na bumalangkas ng programa para matiyak na ang mga tourism sites ay mayroong physical infrastructure facilities para sa PWD  senior citizen. Gail Mendoza