TBpeople Philippines: Cebu City Access Audit

In April 2024, TBpeople Philippines (TBpeoplePH) expanded its efforts beyond patient care interventions to conduct an access audit of selected facilities in Cebu City. Collaborating with the United Architects of the Philippines (QC Central Chapter) and Architects for Accessibility, TBpeoplePH developed a comprehensive tool to assess facility accessibility in compliance with Batas Pambansa 344 (BP344) – “An Act to Enhance the Mobility of Disabled Persons.”

This initiative provided TBpeoplePH with the opportunity to evaluate health facilities in Cebu City, including two health centers and Eversley Childs Sanitarium and General Hospital (ECSGH). While one health center successfully passed the audit, the other did not meet accessibility standards. However, it’s important to note that both facilities are currently under construction, offering the chance to address the recommendations provided by TBpeoplePH access auditors.

ECSGH demonstrated its commitment to accessibility by passing the access audit and actively working to enhance its facilities for all individuals, particularly those with disabilities. Accessible facilities are crucial considerations alongside quality services and free treatment for tuberculosis, as they ensure inclusivity and equitable access to healthcare services.

The passing of BP344 in 1982, also known as the “Accessibility Law,” underscores a noble objective – to promote the full participation of disabled persons in society. By mandating the installation of facilities and devices in buildings, institutions, establishments, and public utilities, the law aims to enable disabled individuals to enjoy the same opportunities as others.

TBpeoplePH’s involvement in the Cebu City access audit aligns with the objectives of BP344, reflecting its commitment to advocating for the rights of disabled persons and promoting inclusivity. Through ongoing efforts and collaboration, TBpeoplePH continues to work towards creating a more accessible and inclusive environment for all individuals, in line with the principles outlined in the Accessibility Law.

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