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Comfort comes first: QC requires courtesy seats for PWDs, pregnant women, senior citizens

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The Quezon City Council has approved an ordinance requiring private and public establishments to provide courtesy seats for persons with disability (PWDs), pregnant women and senior citizens.

Under Ordinance No. 2804, S-2018, private and public establishments should provide signages indicating the location of courtesy seats. Persons who are not PWDs, pregnant or senior citizens are required to give up their seats in case the designated seats are already occupied.

Owners, managers, and operators of private establishments who fail to implement the new policy shall receive a notice of warning for the first offense.

A fine of P5,000.00 and/or a six month suspension of business permit on the second offense and a fine of P5,000.00 and/or revocation of business permit on the third offense shall be meted out to establishments found in violation of the ordinance.

Government establishments which fail to follow the ordinance, meanwhile, will receive a warning from the Quezon City Office for Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA), Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) and the Social Services Development Department (SSDD) for the first offense and corresponding penalties for subsequent offenses.