MPW establishes construction codes with a focus on accessibility for people living with disabilities

MPW establishes construction codes with a focus on accessibility for people living with disabilities

Minister of Public Work (MPW), Salvador Eugênio Soares dos Reis Pires (Image Tatoli/Egas Cristovao)

DILI, 30 September 2020 (TATOLI)— The Ministry of Public Works, has issued a new regulation relating to the construction of high-level buildings of new condition that people with physical disabilities must have the ability to access to these new infrastructures.

According to MOP Minister, Salvador Eugênio dos Reis Pires, MOP has initiated the draft law for the civil construction, office code and the housing standards, which has underlined in the legislation about accessibility to everyone.

“We are not yet discussing this with the President of the Government Council,” Mr Pires said.

However, he said once these three draft laws are officially issued, every civil construction which will receive a license should incorporate people with disabilities needs.

“We should set a clearance based on MOP, especially the investment made for public building they should have a certificate,” he said.

Alongside with it, MOP has also submitted a three-degree law, regarding urban planning, tutorial management, classification for soil and urbanisation including urban edification for the Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Planning and Ordination, José Maria dos Reis.

Minister Pires explained that the document had been delivered to the Ministry of Planning and Ordination. It will then be delivered to the council of ministry after.

“When the council formally approves it, we will implement these building codes and civil construction codes,” Mr Pires said.

According to Him, the three laws are derived from urban planning and territorial ordination.

“Urbanisation and identification of these accessibility requirements for civil construction, office codes, and housing standards that force anyone who is investing in the construction of office buildings and other public construction to consider and include mandatory entrance points for everyone,” he said.

Journalist: Natalino Costa

Editor: Julia Chatarina/Nick Kettle


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