By: Elena Grace Flores
Senator Nancy Binay is the author of the tax relief bill for people with disabilities, exempting them from 12 percent value added tax (VAT) on goods and other services. Republic Act No. 10754 (Senate Bill No. 2890) was signed by the previous administration last March 24, 2016.
This was Binay’s move after knowing that 1.5 million people with disabilities can be relieved from the high cost of daily sustenance. This is a good addition to the 20 percent discount on medicines, medical and dental services, hospital and laboratory fees, local transport fares, restaurants, hotels, theaters and even educational assistance provided under Republic Act No. 7277 or the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons that benefits more than 1.43 million people nationwide.
Senator Binay’s advocacy has always been to address the needs of marginalized sectors like women, children, and most especially, PWDS. Among the bills she authored for people with disabilities in the Senate are Senate Bill No.2519, An act improving access of persons with disability to public and private facilities; and Senate Resolutions No. 453, a Senate resolution providing sign language interpreters in Senate sessions and committee hearings with the intention of improving information dissemination to PWDs with hearing impairment, and Senate Resolution No. 374, a resolution expressing full support and active participation to the observance of International Day of Persons with Disabilities.