THE Quezon City Council has passed a resolution urging the city government to implement Republic Act No. 10524 which mandates the expansion of positions reserved for Persons with Disabilities.
City Resolution 7380-2018 was introduced by Councilor Lena Marie Juico after noting that the city government is slacking in the implementation of RA 10524. She said the law requires the allotment of at least one percent of all regular and non-regular positions in all government agencies, offices, or corporations to PWDs.
At the same time, RA10524 also encourages private companies with over 100 employees to reserve at least one percent of all work positions for PWDs.
The Quezon City government currently only has more than 100 PWD employees.
“Masayang-masaya ako na makapagtrabaho dito sa city hall. Bilang isang PWD hindi natin maitatago na napakahirap maghanap ng trabaho. Iniisip din ng ibang kompanya na baka maging hindrance ‘yun para maging productive pero sa pamamagitan ng Quezon City Hall napapakita ko na kahit isa akong PWD, pwede rin akong magtrabaho at pwede rin akong mamuhay gaya ng ibang tao,” said QC Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) staff Jeffrey Alipio.
The Philippine government as a state-party to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is required to promote, protect, and ensure the full enjoyment of human rights by PWDs and ensure that PWDs experience full equality under laws.