IRR – Executive Order 417 IMPLEMENTING RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE PROGRAM FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES RULE I DECLARATION OF POLICY It is a policy of the State under the 1987 Constitution of the Philippines to protect Persons with Disabilities (PWD) and promote their welfare and development. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity. Adoption of the Incheon Strategy to “Make the Right Real” for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific, to catalyse action that shall accelerate, during the new Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022, the achievement of the regional vision of an inclusive society that ensures, promotes and upholds the rights of person with disabilities in Asia and the Pacific. Republic Act No. 7277, otherwise known as the Magna Carta for the Disabled Persons, also affirms, confirms and mandates rehabilitation, self-development and self-reliance, and integration of Persons with Disabilities into the mainstream society. All agencies of the government shall formulate plans, programs and projects intended to address the concerns of Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities, insofar as it relates to their mandated functions and integrate the same in their regular activities. The National Anti-Poverty Action Program and the Administration’s 10 point Legacy Agenda ensures the delivery of services and the development of the sector with disabilities. RULE II DEFINITION OF TERMS The following definition of terms shall apply in this IRR for EO 417, series of 2005 Accessible Work Centers – refer to a place of work for Persons with Disabilities complete with accessible facilities, and are usable by all people. Capital – generally refers to financial or physical assets or wealth especially that used to generate income. Consulting Services – these are services rendered by independent contractors/ individuals possessing adequate technical and professional expertise that are beyond the capability and/or capacity of the government to undertake such as but not limited to: (i) advisory and review services; (ii) pre-investment or feasibility studies; (iii) design; (iv) construction supervision; (v) management and related services; and (vi) other technical services or special studies. Cooperative of Persons with Disabilities – an enterprise or organizations owned, managed, controlled and benefiting Persons with Disabilities duly registered with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA). Cooperatives – are duly registered associations of persons with common bond of interest, who have voluntarily joined together to achieve a lawful common social or economic end, making equitable contributions to the capital required and accepting a fair share of the risks and benefits of the undertaking in accordance with universally accepted cooperative principles.