MANILA - The Quezon City government said Wednesday it is investigating the issuance of persons with disability (PWD) identification cards to 6 members of a well-off family.
The 6 allegedly acquired the PWD cards in 2018 without submitting any requirements, the city government said.
"The 6 were issued PWD ID cards despite not being qualified under Republic Act No. 10754 or An Act Expanding the Benefits and Privileges of Persons with Disability (PWD). Allegedly, they paid P2,000 each for the said cards," it added in a statement.
The city government has also identified the employee who issued the PWD cards.
“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 charged for grave misconduct and dismissed from service, he added.
In the wake of the incident, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has ordered the suspension on the processing of PWD cards until Friday to craft new guidelines.
“We will use the 2 days to come up with the needed safeguards to ensure that only those deserving get the PWD cards,” she said in a statement.
“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.