As the country celebrates the 44th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reiterates its commitment to persons with disabilities by providing them with programs and policies that cater to their needs.
In 2021, the Labor Department recorded 558 persons with disabilities granted assistance under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program or the Kabuhayan Program, and 3,070 were provided with Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers Program (TUPAD).
“Ang Kagawaran ng Paggawa at Empleyo ay patuloy na isinusulong ang kapakanan ng at pagpapaunlad ng mga Pilipinong may kapansanan o persons with disabilities,” said Labor Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma.
Employment facilitation programs like the PESO Employment Information System (PEIS) and PhilJobNet connect persons with disabilities to available jobs in the market.
More so, Bureau of Local Employment’s flagship programs like the Jobstart Philippines and Government Internship Program (GIP) are available to persons with disabilities, as well as express lanes during job and business fairs.
Currently, there are 4,019 persons with disabilities registrants on the PEIS, and from January to June 2022, the DOLE recorded 555 new persons with disabilities registrants and 49 companies with 142 vacancies willing to hire them.
Companies are also 100% compliant with the persons with disabilities accessibility indicator relative to BP 344 or the Accessibility Law, based on labor inspections done in the first semester of 2022.
More than livelihood and employment support, the DOLE also has programs for persons with work-related disabilities from the Employees’ Compensation Commission named KAGABAY Program or the Katulong at Gabay sa Manggagawang may Kapansanan, as well as physical restoration assistance, and the ECC Quick Response for persons with work-related disabilities.
The Department also provided inputs to several house bills that push for the amendment of the Republic Act No. 7277 or the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons in Congress through the Special Committee on Persons with Disabilities, which proves the agency’s pledge of providing a base to hold the structure of the labor market for persons with disabilities, as well as upholding their rights and welfare.
DOLE Secretary Laguesma reassures persons with disabilities of continued provision of programs and services. He said, “Para sa selebrasyong ito, kami ay nangangakong patuloy naming tutugunan ang mga pangangailangan, at patuloy na isusulong ang karapatan ng mga manggagawang may kapansanan tungo sa kanilang pag-unlad sa personal at aspetong panlipunan.”