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List of PWD Illness in the Philippines

Looking for a complete list of PWD illness in the Philippines?

Being classified as a PWD (person with disability) is not as straightforward as it may seem. What may be a disability to some may not be a disability to others. 

The qualified disabilities may be confusing. As a result, some are unable to apply for a PWD ID, depriving themselves of their rights and privileges.

Worry no more. Here’s a list of PWD illnesses in the Philippines to help you determine if you’re qualified or not for the benefits. Keep reading!

PWD Definition

According to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF), there are areas that comprise the term disability. These are impairment, activity limitation, and participation restriction. 

A person with a physical, mental, or sensory impairment that hinders them from living a normal lifestyle is classified as a PWD. 

Keep reading for the complete list of illnesses eligible for the benefits and privileges of persons with disabilities in the Philippines.

Disability Categories

According to the Republic Act 7277 or the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons, PWD ID applicants are divided into these several categories:

1. Psychosocial disability

This pertains to any psychological or social condition that limits a person’s ability to interact with another person or the environment. People with this disability have a tendency to show antisocial behavior.

2. Mental disability

person suffering from mental illness

People suffering from Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Down Syndrome, bipolar disorder, long-term recurring depression, schizophrenia, among others, are classified as PWD in the Philippines. These are disorders that affect your mood, thinking, and behavior.

3. Chronic illness

Some illnesses may not cause disability unless a problem occurs. One such case is diabetes. 

Diabetes does not cause disability. However, complications like diabetic retinopathy can occur when the body cannot process sugar. This could cause blindness, gangrene, and heart problems. 

More importantly, people with other chronic illnesses may be subject to strict review and will need a clinical abstract or medical certificate when applying as a person with a disability.

4. Learning disability

A learning disability makes it difficult for a person to focus, comprehend, and keep information. It is usually detected during a person’s time in school.

People with learning disabilities are recommended to attend schools with a special education system to meet their unique needs.

5. Visual disability

list of pwd illness in the philippines

Visual impairments are considered disabilities only when they can no longer be corrected, such as permanent blindness. A person who can still see while wearing glasses is not classified as disabled.

6. Orthopedic disability

The orthopedic disability category covers all people who have had their extremities amputated. They include people with scoliosis, as well as dwarfism, and amputated hands or feet. 

7. Communication disability

A communication disability has two sub-types: hearing impairment and speech and language impairment. 

A person is impaired in hearing when he or she partially or completely loses his or her hearing ability. Meanwhile, a person with speech and language impairment has trouble articulating words.

Are You Classified As a PWD?

If you qualify for any of the disabilities listed above, then applying for a PWD ID will definitely be much easier. Once you have your PWD ID, you’ll get to enjoy the perks and benefits you rightfully deserve. 

Take note that not all applications get approved. The government is pretty strict in evaluating applicants because some people abuse the system. To avoid that from happening, just make sure that you’ve submitted the complete requirements.

Read this guide to find out all the things you need to learn when applying for a PWD ID.

Leave us a comment below if you have any questions to ask or thoughts to share!


    Im diagnosed of tear syndrome. Am I qualify for this program

    Breast cancer stage 2 operated is can consider as a pwd? But can operated a motor cycle and she’s eating all the food she wants to eat. She can travel any where on her own and driving a motor cycle.

      Yes. I have ovarian cancer and my doctor provided me with requirements for PWD ID. Now I am using my ID for my chemo sessions, labtests and medicine purchases. 20% helps a lot

      Yes sir. Please read RA 11215 po. Cancer Survivors are also considered PWD.

    Ako po natangalan na ng apdo last Nov.19,2021 ang Sabi adpo Lang yan d pwede mag PWD.masakit para sa akin un “APDO LANG” pero kc grabe sakripisyo sa aking health d makakain ng mga pagkain na dapat nakakain ng isang normal na tao,d Maka Dumbo maka popo ng maayos..

    Ang lakinng hiwa o pellet na naiwan sa katakana ko..

    Papanu po kung may backpain due to Degenerative Disc Desease at meron pang condition n Trigger Thumb, pwede po ba ma-qualify as PWD?

    Na diagnose po ako ng cervical dystonia, qualified po ba ako para makakuha ng pwd i.d? Salamat po

    Naoperahan po ako sa thyroid last December of 2020. Tinanggal iyung right side ng thyroid ko po & ever since hindi naging normal ang daily activities ko. I have palpitations, acid reflux, panlalambot ng tuhod & other symptoms. Would I qualify to get a pwd id?

    I have cervical and lumbar desiccated disc disease, qualified po b ako for Pwd 8d?


      Miss Lea saan po ba magapply para maging member ng PWD,am also a cancer survivor,ty

    Ang anak ko may VSD may butas Ang puso pwede ho ba sya kumuha Ng PWD I’d thanks

    I have a daughter who was born with only one kidney. Is she consider as PWD?

    I was born with a congenital heart disease.may butas po ang puso ko.considered PWD po b ako?

    Can we consider obesity as person with disability with 90kilos in weight and only 4’11” in height.
    Thank you for your response.
    God bless everyone.

    Naoperahan po aq sa paa. Nalagyan n ng bakal ang kaliwang tibia at fibula q. D n q makatakbo o makatalon. Nakakalakad pero limitado. Eligible b aq sa PWD?

    I have an astma since I was a child. Can i avail to have a PWD id.?

    Ang stage V Chronic Kidney disease pwedi ba makakuha ng PWD? at anong category?

    I have lupust qualifide ba ako to apply as PWD??

    Stroke survivor dahil sa diabetes..pwede na po ba kumuha ng PWD Id? At yung may degenerative ostreoarthiritis? Thank you po

    May scoliosis ang anak ko na 17 yrs old pero kasinlaki lang sya ng 7 yrs old na bata dahil sa hindi na pagtangkad sanhi ng scoliosis nya.. may memo na ibinaba ang NCDA na hindi na daw iconsider as PWD ang scoliosis.. Please enlighten us.. thanks

    I have an hernia can I apply for pwd?

    I was diagnose with I qualified..

    Sir / maam ang aking asawa po ay na operahan ng apindeks pwd po ba siyang maging pwd?

    Good day po ask ko po kung qualified po ba ang ng total hysterectomy (uterud,ovary,fallopisn tube and cervix)due to endometriosis last june 3, 2023. limited nalang ang activities na magagawa.tku

    Im an open heart surgery patient due to bicuspid aortic valve which is a congenital disease and S/P aortic mechanical valve implant. Our PWD coordinator did not consider my status. Can you help me clarify this. Thank you so much.

    Thalassemia pwede po ba pwd sakit sa dugi

    I was been diagnosed Bipolar 1 manic feature disorder, started since 2008. I stayed at the hospital for 1 month and my doctor told me that my sick was a long-term recurring depression, my doctor told me that it was a Schizophrenia. I don’t know if I will be able to recover because my mom died past September 15, 2023 and it’s very hard for me to move on. I feel I don’t want to talk to my family because they don’t understand how a person leaves with this sick diagnosed Schizophrenia.

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