Gov't agencies open to inclusive employment

  • August 11, 2017
  • Leonard T. Pineda I

ILOILO CITY, August 11 (PIA6) ---  The government sector in Iloilo is willing to learn more about inclusive employment particularly in improving job prospects for persons with disabilities (PWDs).

A research survey conducted by ULAN (Upholding Life and Nature), a human rights organization working for the protection of the natural environment and the recognition and respect for the rights of PWDs, showed that 97 percent of surveyed government agencies here expressed their affirmation to learn more about inclusive employment.

The survey focused on the employment of PWDs across seven industries/sectors located in several urban centers around the country.

These sectors included banking establishments located in Davao City; business process outsourcing (BPOs) in Cebu City; educational institutions based in Tuguegarao, Cagayan; regional government agencies located in Iloilo City; hospitals found in Quezon City; malls in Cagayan de oro City; and tourism establishments in Tagbilaran and Panglao Island in Bohol.

The survey involved a total of 239 target respondents with 122 or 51 percent who actually returned the survey.

Government agencies in Iloilo comprised 51 percent of the total number of respondents with 34 agencies actually taking part in the survey.

Despite openness towards inclusive employment, government agencies here posted low compliance to one percent employment reserved for PWDs as provided under Republic Act 10524, or the Act Expanding the Positions Reserved for Persons with Disabilities and its Implementing Rules and Regulations.

According to the survey, only 16 of the 34 government agencies have actual PWD personnel. These government agencies have a total of 46 PWD staff hiring.

However, the survey revealed that majority of government agencies here stated that there are no positions in their offices that are closed to PWDs.

More government agencies were also affirmative when asked about the advantages in hiring PWDs, citing the inspiration provided by PWDs to their co-workers, they are more motivated, and they have less violation.

The survey also generated suggestions on how to improve employment prospects of PWDs including awareness-raising over the issue with employers, skills training to PWDs, creation of job placement sites for PWDs, improvement of accessibility, and family support. (JCM/LTP/PIA-Iloilo)


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