Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte ordered an investigation into the issuance of Persons with Disability (PWD) identification cards to unqualified individuals during the previous administration.
Belmonte’s order stemmed from reports that PWD IDs were allegedly issued to six immediate members of a well-off family despite being not qualified under Republic Act No. 10754 or An Act Expanding The Benefits And Privileges Of Persons With Disability (PWD). A photo of the IDs went viral on social media.
“Nakakaalarma ang pag-abusong ito sa batas na dapat ay pinakikinabangan ng mga PWD ngunit sinamantala ng ilang tiwali at nais makapanlamang sa kapwa,” Belmonte said.
The lady Mayor personally went with City Attorney Nino Casimiro to the Persons with Disabilities Affairs Office (PDAO) to look into the records of the six, where she discovered that there were no application forms or supporting documents on record to justify the issuance of their PWD IDs. The family allegedly paid P2,000 each for the said IDs.
“Abuse by the rich and powerful at the expense of the handicapped and less fortunate will never be condoned or tolerated in this City,” Belmonte stressed.
Belmonte said the City Attorney has already prepared show cause orders to the past city officials involved in this case. She also ordered the audit of the PDAO in relation to the issuance of Quezon City PWD IDs.
The City’s official list of PWDs is now being thoroughly reviewed and procedural safeguards are now being installed to make sure that only those qualified under the law will enjoy its protection and privileges.
The local government also assured business owners, being direct victims of this fraudulent act by unscrupulous individuals and corrupt government officials, that the matter is being taken seriously by the present administration.
“Any abuse or negligence of their plight as in this case shall be dealt with accordingly to the fullest extent of the law,” it added.