QC gov’t temporarily suspends issuance of PWD IDs after alleged abuse by well-off family
The Quezon City government has temporarily suspended the issuance of Persons with Disability (PWD) identification cards after its abuse by a well-off family was reported.
The local government said processing will be suspended Thursday and Friday (June 25 and 26) in order for authorities to craft new guidelines and eliminate abuse.
“We will use the two days to come up with the needed safeguards to ensure that only those deserving get the PWD cards,” Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said.
“Our protocols will be revisited and needed controls will be placed so the system will not be abused by greedy and opportunistic individuals,” she added.
On Tuesday, Belmonte ordered an investigation into the reported issuance of PWD ID cards to unqualified individuals during the previous administration. This stemmed from a report that six members of a well-off family managed to acquire the cards in 2018 without submitting any of the mandatory requirements. A photo of the said IDs went viral on social media.
The local government said the six individuals were issued PWD ID cards even if they did not qualifiy under Republic Act No. 10754 or An Act Expanding the Benefits and Privileges of Persons with Disability.
The family allegedly paid ₱2,000 each for the PWD ID card, it added.
Belmonte said the government employee behind the incident will be given a show-cause order on Thursday.
“The person behind the issuance of the ID card will be given 72 hours to explain why he shouldn’t be held administratively and criminally liable,” City Attorney Nino Casimiro said.
The employee could be facing grave misconduct, which merits a penalty of dismissal from service, Casimiro added.— Source:
CNN Philippines Staff