Baguio compliant to employment of PWDs

The City Human Resource Management Office (CHRMO) asserted the city government has been compliant to existing laws, rules and regulations providing for the employment of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in both the government and the private sectors.

City Human Resource Management Officer Atty. Augustin P. Laban III disclosed that of the more than 1,500 employees of the city government in the different departments, 18 are considered to be PWDs which complies with the provisions of existing laws, rules and regulations in the employment of PWDs.

Under existing laws, rules and regulations, the government and the private sectors are required to allocate 1 percent of their work force for qualified PWDs which is part of the designed programs, projects and activities to mainstream the marginalized sectors of the society like the PWDs.

Laban said the city government is mindful of pertinent provisions of laws, rules and regulations on the allocation of a certain percentage of the city’s work force specifically for PWDs who are qualified for the positions they are appointed to as what matters will be their ability to effectively and efficiently perform their assigned duties and responsibilities.

“The city government remains compliant to existing laws, rules and regulations governing the employment of our brothers and sisters who have disabilities because city officials have been aware of the same aside and those PWDs who were appointed to certain positions are competent in the performance of their assigned duties and responsibilities,” Laban stressed.

Earlier, the city legislative body referred to the Committee on Employment, Livelihood, Cooperatives and Persons with Disabilities a proposed resolution inviting officials of the Cordillera offices of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Civil Service Commission (CSC-CAR) to shed light on the compliance of both the government and private sectors on the employment of PWDs pursuant to existing laws, rules and regulations.

On his part, CSC Baguio field office Director Atty. Alyson Locano said government agencies are consistent in the submission of their periodic reports on their compliance to existing laws, rules and regulations governing the employment of PWDs in their agencies but the data on the number of PWDs that are employed can be accessed from the CSC central office.

He expressed support to the passage of the resolution requesting the CSC to provide the pertinent data on the employment of PWDs by concerned government agencies so that the CSC central office can come out with the same for the information, guidance and ready reference of city governments that need the data on the said matter.

The city legislative body is expected to schedule a separate appearance of DOLE-CAR officials for them to provide the updates on the compliance of private companies to the required 1 percent of their work force should be PWDs who are qualified for the positions that they had been appointed to provide employment opportunities for the marginalized sector. - Dexter A. See