MANILA, Philippines – A bill that seeks to provide better inclusion for persons with disability (PWD) in the country’s workforce has been filed in Senate.
Senate Bill 1249 filed by Senator Bam Aquino urges the government to open at least two percent of available positions for PWD.
The bill seeks to amend the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons which mandates companies with more than 100 employees to reserve one percent of positions PWDs.
Aquino believes that through the legislation, government offices will be required to ensure that two percent of their employees will comprise of PWDs.
Likewise, private organizations will be required to employ a workforce, at least one percent be made up of PWDs.
Aquino believes any qualified PWD should have access to employment opportunities to be productive members of the country’s labor force just like “able-bodied” personnel.
The bill is still pending at the Senate Committee on Social Welfare, Welfare and Rural Development. – Marje Pelayo