More jobs for PWDs pushed in Senate
By Azer N. Parrocha
MANILA, Nov. 27 (PNA) — A senator is pushing for a measure that provides persons with disabilities (PWDs) with jobs in both the public and private sector.
Under Senate Bill No. 1249, Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino to amend Republic Act 7277 or the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons to mandate government agencies to ensure that two percent of their employees comprise of PWDs.
The measures also requires private organizations to employ one percent of their workforce from PWDs.
If passed into law, Aquino hopes the measure will give PWDs a more productive role in society.
He stressed that an increased PWD presence in the workforce will heighten public awareness and consideration for their rights.
In the 16th Congress, Aquino worked for the welfare of PWDs, with the passage of Republic Act 10754 that exempts them from paying the value added tax (VAT).
The law also gives tax incentives to persons with PWD dependents, up to fourth civil degree of consanguinity or affinity.
“The inclusion of PWDs in the workforce and provide commensurate compensation, benefits and employment terms for PWDs as any other qualified employee,” Aquino said.
“Let’s give our PWDs more opportunities to generate livelihood,” he added. (PNA)