Feature: PWDs deserve equal rights
by Jeane Duron-Abangan
Tagum City (17 June) -- The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) is reiterating calls for national government agencies and local government offices to extend equal opportunities to persons with disabilities.
NCDA project monitoring officer for Mindanao Plerida Labanon in a recent regional meeting noted that not all agencies and most the local government units have yet to comply with the Magna Carta for Persons with Disabilities or Republic Act 7277.
Chapter I Section 5 of RA 7277 mandates "Equal Opportunity for Employment" of persons with disabilities and says that "a qualified employee with disability shall be subject to the same terms and conditions of employment and the same compensation, privileges, benefits, fringe benefits, incentives or allowances as a qualified able bodied person."
The same portion says that "five percent of all casual, emergency, and contractual positions in the Department of Social Welfare and Development; Health; Education, Culture and Sports; and other government agencies, offices or corporations engaged in social development shall be disabled persons."
DSWD has complied this requirement but Labanon noted that others have yet to fully give the right percentage of personnel positions for PWDs.
As of year 2005, NCWD estimated the number of region-wide PWDs population at 24,000 and Labanon projected the number to be going up as "aging is one of the factors of disability."
She, however, could not figure out the number of employed PWDs but she was hopeful that PWD employment and profiling would soon be done as NCDA embarked on heightened PWD monitoring.
Labanon, during the meeting, presented a monitoring report matrix which seeks to know the name, gender, type of disability of PWDs, position level of their employment (if employed), type of employment.
The matrix is intended for government agencies/office and local government units to fill in. (PIA XI) [top]