SENATOR Bam Aquino has sought the passage of bill that will “mandate” government agencies and private firms to permanently hire persons with disabilities (PWDs).
He filed Senate Bill No. 1249 amending Republic Act 7277 or the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons mandating government agencies to ensure that PWDs comprise of two percent of their employees.
Private organizations, for their part, will be required to have one percent of their workforce composed of PWDs.
“This bill seeks to guarantee the inclusion of PWDs in the workforce and provide commensurate compensation, benefits and employment terms for PWDs as any other qualified employee,” he said.
“Let's give our PWDs more opportunities to generate livelihood,” said Aquino.
If passed into law, he believes the measure will give PWDs a more meaningful and productive role in society.
“Furthermore, an increased PWD presence in the workforce aims to heighten public awareness and consideration for their rights,” he said.
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.