By Hannah Torregoza
Reelectionist Senator Paolo “Bam” Aquino IV has sought passage of a measure which seeks to guarantee more jobs for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).
Aquino, in filing Senate Bill No. 1249, said there is a need to increase the number of PWDs in both the government and private sector.
“This bill seeks to guarantee the inclusion of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the workforce and provide commensurate compensation, benefits, and employment terms for PWDs as any other qualified employees,” Aquino said in the explanatory note of the measure.
“As we forge onward in building the nation better and stronger, we must take the necessary steps to ensure that we are building an inclusive society where no sector is left behind from the gains of development,” he added.
Aquino said the bill mandates government offices to ensure that two percent of their employees comprise of PWDs, while private companies would be required to employ a workforce, at least one percent of which is made up of PWDs.
“This bill will allow persons with disabilities more meaningful and productive participation in society,” the senator said.
“Furthermore, an increased PWD presence in all workforces aims to heighten public awareness and consideration for the rights of PWDs,” he added.
The bill particularly seeks amendments to the Section 5 of Republic Act No. 7277, known as the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons.
Once enacted into law, the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), in coordination the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Civil Service Commission (CSC), and the Governance Commission for Government-Owned or – Controlled Corporations (GCG) are mandated to come up with the necessary implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the implementation of this Act.
The bill also mandates the participation of the Department of Health (DOH), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and other relevant government agencies in the promulgation of the IRR for the proposed law.