QC to hire 300 PWDs

August 21, 2023 Cory Martinez 278 views

AT least 300 persons with disabilities (PWDs) will be hired and assigned to different departments and offices at the Quezon City hall.

Mayor Joy Belmonte said the move is part of the city government’s program “Kasama Ka sa Kyusi: Ang Taong May Kapansanan ay May Karapatan at Kakayahan,” which was recently launched.

Belmonte explained that the program aims to employ more PWDs as part of the city’s commitment to ensure inclusivity and equal opportunity to the most vulnerable sectors of society.

“Batid ng lokal na pamahalaan ang hirap na dinaranas ng mga kapatid nating may kapansanan lalo na sa paghahanap ng permanente at disenteng trabaho.

Kaya sa pamamagitan ng programang ito, titiyakin natin na mas maraming oportunidad para sa kanila na ayon sa kanilang galing at talento,” Belmonte said.

Data from the QC Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) showed that 14 percent, or 7,620 of the 54,000 registered PWDs aged 18 to 59 are unemployed as of July 2023.

The city government at present has 253 contractual, job order and permanent employees belonging to the PWD sector, representing 1.2 percent of its total workforce of 17,000.

Under Republic Act No. 10524 or the Act Expanding the Positions Reserved for Persons with Disability, at least one percent of all positions in all government agencies, offices, or corporations shall be allotted for PWDs

To jumpstart the Kasama Ka program, the city government took in a total of 100 PWDs. They underwent interviews and job assessment by the PDAO and the Public Employment Service Office (PESO).

After evaluation, the applicants will be assigned to city departments based on their skills and capabilities.

According to Belmonte, the PWDs who perform well will be given an opportunity to become permanent QCG employees.

Apart from employment, the city government is also distributing assistive devices such as hearing aids, eyeglasses, canes, wheelchairs and walkers. PWDs are also given social welfare assistance, livelihood training and urban farming starter kits.

The QC Business Permits and Licensing Department (BPLD) is also organizing an Inclusivity Summit to encourage the private sector to hire more persons with disabilities in their workforce.

A number of private establishments in the city are already employing PWDs like HisBeans Café, Cabalen Group, Shakeys, Pancake House, Overdoughs, Concentrix and SM Malls.

Other companies and establishments have already coordinated with the city to be part of this program.