How To Apply For a PWD ID

4/20/2016

Ignorance of law excuses no one.

PWDs (Persons with Disabilities) have the same rights like everyone else and should be treated equally in our society. As a parent of a PWD, it is our responsibility to know our kid's rights and privileges. We should educate ourselves more about RA 9442 or also known as "MAGNA CARTA FOR DISABLED PERSONS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES". 

Every PWD can avail of all the benefits stated on RA 9442, however, having a PWD ID is very necessary.

To be honest with you, it's been a grueling experience for me and my son to get a PWD ID. We started off last 2015, and we've been getting back and forth but we can't get a hold of the City Health Officer. It was just this April 2016 that we finally caught up with Dr. Villanueva, Bulakan City Health Officer, at the Main Health Center in San Jose, Bulakan.

I want to be of great help to anyone so I'm sharing this step-by-step procedure on how to get a PWD ID. I hope you find this information helpful.

Some personal information were covered for security reason.

- HOW TO APPLY FOR A PWD ID -

1. Visit your City Health Office and schedule an appointment with the Authorized City Health Officer. The PWD applicant needs to be present for the evaluation.

2. Present the following documents:
  • 4 pcs. 1 x 1 picture of the PWD applicant
  • most recent Clinical Abstract/Medical Assessment from a Developmental Pedia (public or private) 
  • Philhealth ID # (of the guardian, if PWD is underage)
3. The PWD applicant will undergo a blood type test.

4. The City Health Officer will be the one to fill out the application form. A duplicate copy will be provided to you. Bring this copy to your MSWD or Municipal Social Welfare Development.

5. Wait patiently as the MSWD process the PWD ID. The PWD applicant will be required to sign the ID and booklets, otherwise, a thumbmark will do just fine.

Disclaimer: The applications might be slightly different per region or city. Call your local health center or city office to inquire.

- PWDs are entitled to the following benefits -

  • At least 20 percent discount at all establishments relative to the utilization of all services in hotels and similar lodging establishments, restaurants and recreation.
  • A minimum of 20 percent discount on admission fees in theaters, cinema houses, concert halls, circuses, carnivals and other similar places of culture, leisure and amusement.
  • At least 20 percent discount on medicines in all drugstores.
  • At least 20 percent discount on medical and dental services including diagnostic and laboratory fees for x-rays, computerized tomography scans, blood tests and professional fees of attending doctors in all public and private hospitals and medical facilities.
  • At least 20 percent discount on fare for domestic air and sea travel, public railways, skyways and bus fare.
  • Younger PWDs who meet minimum admission requirements get educational assistance for primary, secondary, tertiary, post tertiary, as well as vocational or technical education, in both public and private schools, through scholarships, grants, financial aids, subsidies and other incentives. This may also include support for books, learning materials, and uniform allowance.
  • 5% discount on groceries like basic necessities and prime commodities.
  • Priority and express lanes in all commercial and government establishments for PWDs.
  • Priority access to government-mandated assistance projects, scholarships and livelihood opportunities.
For the complete list of privileges and incentives, visit 

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19 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing this. This is a very helpful post for those looking for steps on how to acquire a PWD ID. :) It's just sad that it took a long time for you and your son to get a hold of the city health officer. I hope that our next administration can make a better service to all Filipinos.

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    1. Agree...all we can do for now is hope.

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  2. I honestly didn't know there's one but it's great to hear that the government are giving rights and privileges to PWD. sana ay marami pa silang matulungan.

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  3. This is a wonderful and informative article Sis. Not many parents of children with disabities know of their kids rights and priviledges.

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  4. this is a great info specially for those who wants to know how to get a PWD ID. Buti na lang sinulat mo :)

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  5. True that PWD's should be treated with respect and equal especially if they are on a public place. Good to know mommy that you have this kind of post so someone may have an info on how to get the PWD ID.

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  6. I have cousin who has a special case, too. I'm sharing this to them in case they don't have the PWD ID yet. Thanks Mommy for sharing this!

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    1. Thanks! This is actually part of my advocacy about special children — to raise awareness.

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  7. Oh, I didn't know about the benefits that come along with the PWD ID's. Thank you for educating me on it. I'll share this.

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  8. My son has a PWD ID, too. We got it in Baguio (since he was based there with my family before). Unfortunately, they kind of messed up with the dates so I need to get a new one. The 20% discount for meds unfortunately is not being honored in all drugstores. Sometimes they only offer it for selected medicines. Even taxis now have signs that 20% discount will be given to senior citizens and PWDs though taxi drivers don't honor it, still.

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    1. Sorry to hear that. That's really unfair. There's no such exclusion for medicines stated on the RA 9442.

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  9. Such an informative post. Not aware of the many privileges; all along I thought they just get easy access and priority lane on lines. Thanks for this. Learned something new today.

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  10. This is great, sharing this will be of great help to those who are PWD. I hope though that they can make it easier to get the ID since it really should be simple and not complicated.

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  11. This is very helpful for those who will need a PWD ID. Thanks for the step by step and for specifying benefits.

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  12. I'm sure this will be of great help to a lot of people. I just wish that everyone will have an easier time applying for a PWD ID.

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  13. This is so informative. The benefits are a great help to the PWD (and family). I just hope that all establishments follow it and give the due benefit accordingly.

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  14. It's good to know that PWDs have privileges and benefits like this. I had a professor once who is an advocate for PWDs, particularly deaf mutes. PWDs deserve respect too. I just hope that all establishments will honor it and everyone will be sensitive too.

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  15. Hi Mommy Jane, I love your blog! You share a piece of your world or knowledge in a nice and unique way. Keep it up, I'd love to come back!

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    1. Thanks! I appreciate it...

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