the Recent Transport Debacle
Should Have Discussed
PWD’s Front and Center
By Tim Henares
Grab, Uber, or taxis? What about buses, trains, jeepneys, and tricycles? How about riding your own bikes or plain walking?
All these transportation options were last week’s hot topic, and it’s well and good that people are becoming more and more aware that there has to be solutions found for the growing traffic problem in the Metro.
That being said, we have overlooked some very important people who are very much affected and relying on every single progressive move we make with regards to transportation: persons with disabilities. It isn’t easy to be in their shoes, to say the least, and in a country that still doesn’t understand the need for PWD access everywhere, they certainly have a huge stake in this dialogue. Here are 8 reasons why.
Last week was Disability Week
Let’s begin with the most obvious: last week was Disability Week. It was supposed to be a week for us to be more aware of the plight of the people around us who, through no fault of their own, have to deal with life in a vastly different way than most of us do. If there was a good time to bring their cause to the fore, it should have been last week, in the middle of all these issues.
PUV’s have a notorious history of mistreating PWD’s
From Jeepneys that are difficult to access for anyone using canes or crutches and some of them demanding a passenger with these implements pay extra because their crutches take up “extra space” to bus drivers speeding away well before a PWD manages to disembark from their stop, to taxi drivers who specifically refuse PWD’s instead of letting them ride, we are looking at a living hell for these PWD’s in a world of public transpo.
Traveling is always a challenge for a PWD
Contrary to what our recent DOT ad may be implying, let’s admit that getting around in the Philippines is not easy if you also happen to own a PWD card. The things we take for granted as able-bodied people should be things we could also bestow on our PWD brethren, simply because it’s the least they deserve: the same opportunities we all have.