by Roi Lomotan
DUMAGUETE CITY, July 21 (PIA) — Three entrepreneurs in Dumaguete City were given recognition by a non-government organization (NGO) for hiring Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).
Quota International-Dumaguete Chapter, a NGO that advocates human development, awarded certificates of recognition to Trinidad Bustamante, owner of Sans Rival cakes and pastries, Engr. Gregorio Uymatiao, owner of Uymatiao Construction and Cristina Rodriguez of Jill’s Dress Shop for giving employment opportunities to PWDs.
Sans Rival Cakes and Pastries which is famous for its delicious sylvannas and sans rival has three deaf employees working as commissaries in their store.
The Uymatiao Construction used to have five deaf workers but was reduced to two because of the dangers posed by the construction business. Jill’s Dress shop, on the other hand, has one deaf worker.
Ms. Nida Wu of the Quota-Dumaguete and a pioneer founder also of Autism Society Philippines-Dumaguete Chapter said the Magna Carta for Persons with Disabilities states that private and government institutions should reserve five percent of their workforce to PWDs on either casual or contractual work status.
She also added that in support to employers hiring PWDs they can get 25 percent rebate from the government for the salary they give to their PWD employees.
This claim is supported by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).
Giovanni Macalino from BIR district office here said the 25 percent rebate to employers can be an advantage for PWDs in applying for a job.
Macalino said, the BIR indirectly supports the PWDs by supporting institutions that cater them especially when claiming their deductions on their tax payment.
With this mandate of the law, Wu hopes that more employers would be encouraged to open job opportunities for PWDs.(mbcn/RAL/PIA7-NEGOR)