CCP caters to PWDs with accessibility program

The Cultural Center of the Philippines has strengthened its efforts to serve Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and make arts and culture more accessible to them through the CCP PWD-Exchange Program.

The program complies with Batas Pambansa Bilang 344 or the Accessibility Law and the Magna Carta for the Disabled under R.A. 7277 ― laws which protect the rights and privileges of PWDs, guarantee equal opportunity and ensure a barrier-free environment for PWDs.

In 2012, the CCP PWD-Exchange Program implemented the construction of areas for PWDs in wheelchairs in the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo and Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino. Additionally, accessibility ramps leading to the theaters and rest rooms were constructed. PWD areas are also offered to persons in wheelchairs and their companions. They are also entitled to 20 percent discount on CCP shows.

Several activities were also held that included a meeting with the different PWD sectors; free accommodation of PWD guests to a PPO Concert on March 16, 2012 where the visually impaired guests were provided with program notes in Braille and large print; and a free lecture on Filipino Sign language for the CCP ushering staff and employees. The preparation of the CCP PWD Accommodation Policy and Guidelines was also undertaken.

For more information about the program, call 832-1125 loc. 1412-1413.