THE Philippine Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled, Inc. (PFRD) has named the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) as the most disabled-friendly establishment among government corporations.
The award was given during the recent celebration of the 29th National Disability Prevention & Rehabilitation Week as provided for under Administrative Order No. 35 dated May 3, 2002 signed by Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
The celebration, which is centered on the theme “Kapag May Access, May Success,” highlights the nation’s efforts towards disability prevention and rehabilitation leading to the integration of persons with disabilities (PWDs) into the mainstream of society, as mandated under Republic Act No. 7277 otherwise known as Magna Carta for Disabled Persons.
MIAA was chosen as this year’s awardee for the search for “The Most Disabled-Friendly Agency/Establishment” as selected by the building validating team composed of representatives from various government group/agencies.
MIAA has topped five minimum requirements for accessibility for the persons with disability (PWD) such as the installation of ramp at the strategic areas, washroom and toilet easy passage of wheelchair, parking areas/slots located at nearest entrance, signages at comfort room and ramp, and non-skid flooring.
Noteworthy is the fact that a host of training modules were also designed and dedicated for some frontline personnel such as the employees of the public affairs and international operations departments to help attend to handicapped passengers at the terminals.
Aside from MIAA, other winners are: Department of Environment and Natural Resources, for local government unit-NCR Makati City, Landbank of the Philippines and SM Mall of Asia