MANILA - Sen. Sonny Angara on Thursday pushed for an investigation on the alleged proliferation of "fake" identification cards for persons with disabilities (PWD).
The process of the issuance of PWD IDs need to be "reviewed" as the scheme of using fake discount IDs seems to have resurfaced during the global pandemic, said Angara, who was one of the authors of Republic Act 10754 or the law expanding the benefits and privileges of PWDs.
"We need to tighten up the process involved in issuing these cards so that only legitimate PWDs will enjoy the benefits under the law," the senator said in a statement after filing Senate Resolution No. 455.
Under the law, holders of PWD IDs are entitled to receive a 20 percent discount and exemption from the value added tax on the purchase of food, movie tickets, medicine and transport fares.
PWD ID cards are issued either by mayors or barangay captains, and are given to those who are suffering from psychosocial, chronic illness, learning, mental, visual, orthopedic, speech or hearing impairments.
"A review of the implementation of this provision of the law is clearly needed so that the appropriate safeguards would be introduced to ensure only those who are in actual need of the benefits and privileges are granted such while also protecting the establishments against abuses," Angara said.
A restaurateur earlier said that there was a time when he served a table where all 9 family members happened to have PWD ID cards.
Two of the customers from the said table allegedly presented a PWD ID card with the same card numbers.
Other business owners have also flagged the use of fake senior citizen cards during the global pandemic.