MANILA — Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV has filed the Magna Carta of person with disabilities (PWDs) which provides PWDs and families with PWD dependents a yearly uniform Php25,000 tax exemption.
Aquino said the tax exemption would give the PWDs a reprieve from the daily challenges they face.
In addition, PWDs will be exempted from value added tax, in addition to their regular personal deductions if the measure is enacted into law.
“The exemption will help augment PWDs and families with PWD dependents from their expenses, from wheelchairs, hearing aids, nurses and caregivers, and learning disability tutors, among others,” Aquino said.
Explaining his bill, Aquino said the PWDs have found it difficult to find employment and earn income for themselves and for their families.
He said PWDs and their dependents have also had to worry about their daily expenses for medicine and rehabilitation.
“Such accommodation for our PWD sector is part of our larger reform efforts in pushing for a society that is inclusive for the poor and most vulnerable sectors. It is one of our courses in our journey towards achieving a fully abled nation,” the senator explained.
In his measure, Aquino also hailed the contribution of the PWDs in shaping the country’s history and to the advancement of good governance.