A PWD ID, issued for persons with disability (PWD), will give you a lot of perks and benefits. This includes 20% on goods, services, and transportation, plus other perks like express lanes at government and commercial establishments, special scholarships, and extra job opportunities.
While everyone knows that you can only get a PWD ID if you have a disability, obviously, a young lady recently told netizens to “know your rights” after she was able to obtain the ID because her eye grade was 300+.
The young woman who goes by the handle keshylyne (@tokehang) shared a photo of her PWD purchase booklet and part of her PWD ID, revealing that she had gotten the items that day. The photos clearly showed that PWD ID and booklet were issued by the Municipal Government of Taytay, Rizal.
“Got my PWD card today! Filipinos who have 300+ eye grade are entitled for [a] PWD privileges! Know your rights!” the young lady wrote.
As expected, the post would quickly go viral. A lot of people were surprised by the announcement and could not believe that something as ‘simple’ as having an eye grade of 300+ already entitles a person to a PWD ID, with all its perks!
Many people questioned whether this was true and what they should bring to obtain the PWD ID. Considering that there are a lot of people with 300+ eye grade, many were rather excited to also get their ID!
But the post held incorrect information. While the PWD ID this young lady obtained might be authentic, such a card will not be issued to just any Filipino with a 300+ eye grade!
Optical clinics and eye doctors found themselves with a huge influx of clients, people who were hoping to get a certification of their eye grade to avail of the PWD card.
“In order to be qualified for a PWD (person with disability) ID card and its benefits, individuals with VISUAL DISABILITY must have 20/70 best corrected visual acuity on the better eye to be labeled LOW VISION, and 20/200 visual acuity on the better eye to be labeled LEGALLY BLIND,” St. Luke’s Eye Institute Global City clarified.
This means that the eye grade alone could not be used as basis for the disability; thus, it can’t be used to get the PWD card.
“Only persons with poor vision that cannot be corrected with spectacles, contact lenses, medication or surgery are eligible for a PWD Card,” Dr. Grace Adriano of Allied Care Experts Medical Center added.
National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) OIC executive director Carmen Reyes Zubiaga told everyone to be mindful when applying for the PWD card, saying the card is only given to someone with real disability.
Source: The Summit Express