NEDA, Pasig City - On Friday, June 17, 2016, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) thru the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) spearheaded the ceremonial signing of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Republic Act (R.A.) No. 10524, an Act expanding the positions reserved for Persons with Disability (PWDs), amending for the purpose R.A. No. 7277, as amended, otherwise known as the Magna Carta for Persons with Disability.

BWSC Director Ahmma Charisma Lobrin-Satumba represented the DOLE Secretary for the said event. She also presented the background and salient features of the said IRR. She mentioned in her message, “In DOLE, our main advocacy is decent work for all workers and inclusive growth. We commit to really implement this law and partner with private corporations so that gradually, there will be a change of mindset among employers. They will realize that PWDs will contribute to the productivity and profitability of their companies.”

Officials from different partner agencies of the public sector such as the Civil Service Commission (CSC), Department of Social Welfare and Development, (DWSD), Department of Health (DOH), and National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) attended the event and delivered their messages of support. Assistant Commissioner David E. Cabanog, Jr. of the CSC guaranteed to ensure the provision of special treatment and assistance to PWDs in the conduct of Civil Service Examinations. “We are providing them better facilities and priority in the registration.” Assistant Commissioner Cabanog, Jr. added. Further, DOH Undersecretary Lilibeth David assured the granting of certificates that PWDs need to secure employment. 

The DSWD also extended utmost support during the said activity. “I would like to congratulate all the members of the Technical Working Group because this is a long-advocated right for the PWD Sector. (Their) rights must be made real and this is one step that we are all taking to fulfill that purpose.” DSWD Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Juliano-Soliman remarked. She further mentioned, “I wish that we would all be seeing each other in different venues, celebrating the fact that there are more PWDs gainfully employed and inclusive in the growth that we hope will continue in the next administration.

To represent the PWD Sector, Ms. Dolores Soteria of NCDA noted, “Please be assured that we will try our very best to carry them (the duties and responsibilities in the IRR) out. We will partner with the PWDs and we will consult them. We will also partner with the CSC to really make the implementation very successful and make the lives of PWDs productive and meaningful.”



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