The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of persons with autism spectrum disorder. The ASP has been in the forefront of providing services and training to families living with autism.

29 December 2009

Senate approves Bill 3560

Persons with Disabilities received a very timely gift for Christmas in the form of Senate Bill No.3560. The bill also known as “An Act establishing the institutional mechanism to ensure the implementation of programs and services for persons with disabilities in every province, city and municipality,” was approved by the Philippine Senate on December 16, 2009.


We are grateful for this law. However, we have to be vigilant and promptly react,” reminds Ka Lauro Purcil, Education Committee Head of UNCRPD.


The bill include exploring livelihood opportunities and other undertakings that shall enhance the health, physical fitness and the economic and social well-being of persons with disabilities ; and for Local Government Units to establish PDAO (PWD Affairs Office) to address the specific needs in their local jurisdiction such as ordinances or policies; accessibility; gathering and disseminating information; and funding.


Ka Lauro, himself a PWD, reminds ASP members to continue working in partnering with government as instruments of services. “Public servants are duty bearers in the fulfillment of these laws. We, persons with disabilities, are duty bearers too. Let us move with solidarity and fervor to ensure their full implementations.


The bill also amends the term “Disabled Persons” to “Persons with Disabilities”, as the PWD is a person first, before his disability.


Disabilities should never be a hindrance to excel in one’s chosen field. By being assets in society, many PWDs are breaking barriers and changing the misimpression that they are a burden to the nation,” said Pia Cayetano, principal author of the bill and Chairperson, Senate Committee on Social Justice, Welfare and Rural Development.


Autism Society Philippines will be celebrating the 14th Autism Consciousness Week dubbed as "Giant Leaps... Transcending Boundaries" this January. We enjoin all members, supporters, friends, and loved ones to meet up at SM Mall of Asia on January 24, 2009 for the yearly tradition of Angels Walk to generate autism awareness.


Click here to read more about Senate Bill 3560

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