IRR OF RA 6759
Republic of the Philippines
CONGRESS OF THE PHILIPPINES
Metro Manila
REPUBLIC ACT 6759
IMPLEMENTING RULES AND REGULATIONS
RULE I. SCOPE AND APPLICATION
1. Purpose
The Rules and Regulations set forth herein are intended to promote the objectives of
R.A. No. 6759, also known as the “WHITE CANE ACT.”
2. Scope
The provisions of these Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) shall apply to the
following:
a. All government agencies that service the needs of the blind and other disabled
people.
b. All non-government organizations that service the blind and other disabled people.
RULE II. WHITE CANE INTER-AGENCY COMMITTEE
1. Creation of an Inter-Agency Committee The Department of Education, Culture and
Sports, in consultation with the Department of Health and the Department of Social
Welfare and Development, hereby creates a White Cane Inter-Agency Commit- tee that
will be in charge of the planning and implementation of a national program according to
the objectives of the White Cane Act, especially the observance of White Cane Safety
Day.
2. Composition The Inter-Agency Committee shall be composed of the following: The
Secretary of the Department of Education, Culture and Sports as Chairman; the
Director-General of the Philippine Information Agency as Vice-Chairman; the
Secretaries of the Department of Health, the Department of Social Welfare and
Development, the Department of Labor and Employment, and the Department of
Transportation and Communication; the Executive Director of the National Council for
the Welfare of Disabled Persons; and representatives from two non-government
organizations for and/or of the Blind; and one representative from a civic or causeoriented group, as members.
3. Meetings
Regular quarterly meetings of the Committee shall be called by the Chairman. Special
meetings, however, may be called as the need arises.
4. White Cane Participating Members
Aside from the membership of the White Cane Inter-Agency Committee, other agencies/
organizations can be recognized as White Cane participating Members through a
mechanism to be determined and promulgated by the Committee..
RULE III. OBJECTIVES
To instill public awareness of the plight of blind people.
To promote recognition and acceptance of the White Cane as symbol of mobility of blind
persons.
To serve as a reminder of the duty of the public to care for and accord due respect to
blind persons.
To promote and protect the physical, moral and social well being of blind persons.
RULE IV. FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES OF THE INTER-AGENCY COMMITTEE
The following shall be the functions and duties of the Inter-Agency Committee:
Help promote the meaning, significance and acceptance of the ‘White Cans’ as symbol
of the mobility of the blind people;
Conduct a continuing educational and information campaign on Republic Act
Formulate standards in the manufacture of canes;
Encourage the blind to use the White Cane in his mobility;
Assist in establishing linkage with both local and international
bodies/agencies/organizations for coordinated action to benefit the visually impaired;
and
Encourage government agencies and non-government organizations to undertake or
participate in projects for the benefit of the visually impaired.
RULE V. RESPONSIBILITIES OF EACH AGENCY/ORGANIZATION
Responsibilities
The responsibilities of the participating agencies/organizations are as follows:

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