Binay wants to ban public facilities from barring entry to PWDs with pets who assist them

(Eagle News)–Senator Nancy Binay is seeking to declare as unlawful the barring of persons  with disability who are assisted by  service pets from public facilities.

In filing Senate Bill No. 1674, Binay said she wants to amend Section 27 of RA 7277 or the Magna Carta for Persons With Disabilities, among others, saying such a practice of some establishments was a form of discrimination.

She said under the proposed measure,  an unreasonable denial of access to guide animals of PWDs to public transport facilities shall be considered as an act of discrimination, she said.

She said denying a person with disability access or use of public accommodations on the ground that he is accompanied by a guide animal shall also constitute as an act of discrimination.

Binay filed the bill after learning that a foreigner who needed the assistance of his dog was dragged out of an establishment that refused entry to the animal.

The mall, she said, had argued the animal posed a threat to other mallgoers.