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Capitol operationalizes elevator for senior citizens, PWDs

| by: Xerxes Alkuino

After 77 years since its construction, the iconic Cebu Provincial Capitol finally has an elevator.

Governor Hilario P. Davide III and Vice Governor Agnes Magpale led the ribbon cutting ceremony for the inaugural operation of the elevator last October 20.

Para na sa atong persons with disabilities ug senior citizens nga mag antos ug agi sa hagdanan (That is for the PWDs and senior citizens who have difficulty using the staircase),” Davide said.

The elevator is located at the back of the east wing of the seat of the Cebu Provincial Government.

The construction started in November 2013 in compliance with the Accessibility Law for PWDS and senior citizens who may have transactions in the provincial offices.

Construction of the shaft is undertaken by Jenzab Construction and Design. It cost Php 1,077,015 while the lift car, which was purchased in 2011, costs Php 1,366,507.

Amy Kiamco, vice president of the Cebu Provincial Federation of Senior Citizens, was very thankful.

Importante gyud kaayo ni alang namong mga senior citizens tungod kasagarang problema namo arthritis. Di na sab mi kasakag hagdan, labina kon duna nay sakit sa kasingkasing (This is very important for us senior citizens because our common sickness is arthritis. We cannot climb the stairs, especially when many of us have heart illness),” she said.

In 2011, the Cebu Provincial Board enacted Ordinance 2011-09 also known as the “Barrier-Free Tourism Ordinance of the Province of Cebu.”

The ordinance encouraged the installation of PWD-friendly features in the private or public buildings and service establishments by providing tax incentives to its owners.

Hence, the Provincial Government led the example by providing the PWD ramp and an elevator in the executive building.