BARRIER-FREE TOURISM. At least 35 front-line workers of accredited accommodation establishments in the Caraga region are participating in the barrier-free tourism seminar in Butuan City on August 16-17, 2022. The Department of Tourism 13 (Caraga) said the activity intends to promote public awareness of the rights of persons with disabilities in society and the tourism industry. (Photo courtesy of DOT-13)

BUTUAN CITY – The Department of Tourism (DOT) 13 (Caraga) is bolstering its campaign for barrier-free tourism for the benefit of persons with disabilities (PWDs) visiting the region.

At least 35 front-line workers from the different DOT-accredited accommodation establishments in the region are undergoing a barrier-free seminar on August 16-17 for the promotion of public awareness of the rights of PWDs in society and the tourism industry.

“The participants, as front-line workers of tourism in the Caraga region, will also undergo inputs on the disability perspective on the rights of Person(s) with Disabilities,” the DOT-13 said in a statement Wednesday.

It said the initiatives also seek to further promote the importance of the accessibility of PWDs to the physical, social, economic, and cultural environments for them to fully enjoy human rights and fundamental freedoms.

A lecture on the pertinent provisions from Batas Pambansa Bilang 344, also known as the Accessibility Law, forms part of the two-day seminar.

“The participants will also understand and apply the Universal Design Concept on Barrier-Free Tourism through the facilitation of Access Audit Workshop during the seminar,” the DOT-13 said.

Methods in assisting the PWDs, especially visually impaired persons, are also part of the learning process for the seminar participants. (PNA)