PWDs in Baguio frustrated on being unable to use e-banking

BAGUIO CITY — A city legislator has urged all local banks to allow persons with disabilities (PWD) to open an account after it was reported that a group of visually-impaired persons were unable to remit their government contributions through a small lender.

Baguio City councilor Arthur Allad-iw says PWDs should be treated equally

Baguio City councilor Arthur Allad-iw, who is a PWD himself, explained that almost all collecting government agencies such as Pag-Ibig, PhilHealth, and the Social Security System are implementing electronic payment and collection systems in the remittance of premium contributions and/or employees’ loans.

While visually-impaired persons want to comply with government requirements, they are unable to do so because only a few lenders are willing to facilitate their transactions and those that do are not accredited by government to receive contributions.

Using only thumb marks, instead of signatures, a group of blind persons belonging to a massage service cooperative was able to open an account but only at a rural bank which was not accredited by government offices. As a result, they were unable to pay for their contributions.

Allad-iw stressed that these PWDs should be treated equally as they too are part of Philippine society. The councilors sent a copy of their resolution to the Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). — Aldwin Quitasol

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