Angara thanks Aquino for signing PWD law
Senator Sonny Angara lauded on Wednesday the signing into law of a bill, exempting persons with disabilities (PWDs) from the 12-percent value added tax (VAT) on certain goods and services.
The 12-percent VAT exemption under Republic Act 10754 would be on top of the 20-percent discount on certain goods and services that PWDs are already entitled to under the current Magna Carta for Disabled Persons.
It also grants a P25,000 annual income tax deduction to relatives, within the fourth civil degree of consanguinity or affinity, who are caring for and living with a PWD.
“This recently enacted law expands the benefits and privileges of PWDs and their families under the existing Magna Carta to further alleviate the plight of Filipino PWDs and promote their welfare,” Angara, one of the authors and sponsor of the measure, said in a statement.
“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa ating Pangulong Aquino, sa ating mga kasamahan sa Senado at Kongreso—sa principal author Rep. Martin Romuladez at sponsor Rep. Miro Quimbo—na sumuporta sa pagpasa ng batas na ito na tumutugon sa hinaing at magpapagaan sa pasanin ng ating mga kababayang may kapansanan at ng kanilang pamilya,” added the senator, who also chairs the Senate committee on ways and means.
Under RA 10754, PWDs will be exempted from the VAT on land transportation, domestic air and sea travels; on fees and charges for medical and dental services including diagnostic and laboratory fees, and professional fees of attending doctors in all government facilities as well as in all private hospitals and medical facilities; on cost of medicines; on funeral and burial services; on fees and charges in hotels, restaurants and recreation centers; and, on admission fees in theatres, cinema houses, concert halls, and other similar places of culture, leisure and amusement.
With the high cost of medicines, Angara said, the additional VAT exemption for PWDs and lower income tax for their families would help lessen their burdens.
The senator also cited the 2010 data from the Philippine Statistics Authority, which showed that there were more than 1.4 million Filipino PWDs or those who are suffering from restriction or different abilities, as a result of a mental, physical or sensory impairment, to perform an activity in the manner or within the range considered normal for a human being.
Angara then called for the strict compliance with laws empowering PWDs to ensure that they are provided with opportunities that would enable them to develop their potential and become fully participative members of society.
The senator also worked for the passage of a law that awards bigger cash incentives to winning athletes with disability.
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