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article imageFilipino lawmaker files bill on ‘talking’ ATM machines Special

By Antonio Figueroa     Dec 28, 2012 in Politics
Manila - Former Philippine Senate President Manuel B. Villar has filed in Congress requiring all automatic teller machines (ATMs) in the country, aside from its present Braille feature, to adopt a non-visual system that assists visually impaired people.
In the legislative initiative’s explanatory note, Villar said Senate Bill No. 3363 hopes “to promote assistive technology for the blind/visually impaired.”
Entitled as the “ATM Visually-Impaired Friendly Act,” the proposed law, despite the stringent demands required from banks, does not carry any penal clause.
Among the salient features of the bill are the installation of a visual transmission system that graphically displays ATM information, the audio or personal listening device for reciting “with sonic clarity” the visual data, and earphones or similar audio gadget to be plugged into enabled ATMs.
Moreover, Sen. Villar’s bill requires "every banking institution to maintain the following requirements with respect to each of the automated teller machines within its dominion and control to provide access for all indivisuals.”
Historically, the first ATM machine was installed at the Kingdale Shopping Center in Upper Arlington, Ohio, U.S.A. in 1959.
First introduced by the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) as Express Tellers in the 1980’s in the country, it ushered in the so-called ‘age of electronic banking system’ in the country.
‘Talking’ ATMs, which was based on research that many of the visually-impaired people seek assistance from someone when accessing their accounts, was introduced in September 2011 in England, with Barclays signing up as the first major banking institution to join the ‘Make Money talk’ campaign.
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