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As an advocate of equal opportunities in the labor market, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) together with the Project Inclusion Network, Inc. (PIN) formally inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote access to work opportunities for persons with disability last January 23, 2020 at the OSEC Conference Room.

The Memorandum of Understanding between the DOLE and PIN will guarantee a strong partnership to identify mutually-agreeable activities that will positively contribute to the Republic Act 10524. Said law reserves at least one percent (1%) of all positions in all government agencies, offices or corporations for persons with disability. On the other hand, private corporations with more than one hundred (100) employees are encouraged to reserve at least one percent (1%) of all positions for persons with disability, under the Act.

Present during the signing were DOLE Undersecretary Ana C. Dione, Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns’ Director Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla, representatives from the Bureau of Local Employment and Information and Publication Service; and Project Inclusion Network’s Executive Director Grant Javier and Operations Lead Jaime Nemeño.

Javier shared that seven years ago, Project Inclusion started out as a project under the Unilab Foundation. But, after several research, pilot testing, and a number of partnership, they were able to start a non-government organization recognized by the International Labour Organization.

He added, “Project Inclusion Network is just a small player in this field but with the help of the DOLE, we will be able to reach more of our brethren. To the Secretary, Undersecretary, Assistant Secretary Nikki, Director Karen, we would like to extend our deepest gratitude. Ang concern ng bawat Persons with Disability ay ‘di lang dapat binubuhat ng Persons with Disability, ito ay dapat binubuhat din ng kanyang mga kapamilya, kaibigan, kabarangay pati na ng buong bayan.”

Undersecretary Dione stated that the MOU will remind everyone that the Department is making a strong commitment towards disability inclusion development in the areas of labor and employment.

Trayvilla added during her closing speech that the Department will work on innovative ways to provide access to work opportunities for persons with disability.

“As a policy-making body, we will review existing laws, regulations and labor standards to promote inclusive governance. I hope that this partnership will extend beyond this agreement,” she said.

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