DILG, DOLE NegOr to help register house helpers under Kasambahay Law

By Jennifer C. TIlos

 DUMAGUETE CITY, July 22 (PIA) –The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has issued the guidelines on the barangay registration of house workers as mandated by the Kasambahay Law.

In Negros Oriental, the DILG and DOLE (Department of Labor & Employment) held an orientation-briefing recently to its field officers and partner agencies to plan the launching and start-up of the registration.

DILG provincial director Farah Gentuya enjoined all local chief executives and barangay captains to initiate the conduct of the registration of all domestic workers or kasambahay within their respective jurisdictions.

Part of the registration also requires every employer to register his/her house worker in the Kasambahay Masterlist or registry of the domestic workers in the barangay where the employer’s residence is located.

The DILG also asks local government units to organize within July a start-up registration which shall be held at the City/Municipal Hall or public plaza.

Gentuya said during the said activity, SSS, PhilHealth and Pag-IBIG representatives shall be invited to accept applications for membership.

The Punong Barangay shall also be tasked to set-up their respective Kasambahay Desks and through an Executive Order, he shall designate a Kasambahay Desk Officer.

Gentuya said “There shall be a continuous registration of Kasambahay in the barangay. They may opt to schedule a special registration day/s on a Saturday or Sunday. “

The Kasambahay Desk Officer shall maintain and update the Kasambahay Masterlist. In case of termination of the contract, the employer should immediately notify the Kasambahay Desk Officer for updating.

The steps in the registration as well as the form needed in the registration process are available at the Barangay and City/Municipal Public Employment Service Office (PESO) or at http://www.dilg.gov.ph and http://www.dole.gov.ph. (mbcn/JCT/PIA7-Negros Oriental)

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Three entrepreneurs in Dumaguete City honored for hiring PWDs

by Roi Lomotan

Sunday 21st of July 2013

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)

Job opportunities for PWDs assured

By Roi Lomotan

Friday 19th of July 2013

DUMAGUETE CITY, July 19 (PIA) – Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) are assured of job opportunities in both government and private institutions.Founding member of Autism Society Philippines-Dumaguete Chapter, Ms. Nida Wu said the Magna Carta for Persons with Disability states that institutions should include PWDs in the five percent of their workforce as casual or contractual employees.

Moreover, the newly signed Republic Act 10524 mandates government agencies and Government Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) to reserve one percent of their regular position for PWDs.

In contrast, employers hiring PWDs can get support from the government.

“Employers can get 25 percent rebate every year for the salary they give to their PWD employee,” Wu said.

Wu hopes that more companies and agencies would open job opportunities for PWDs. She believes employment opportunities will be a big help to empower them.

Meanwhile, in behalf of the government agencies in Negros Oriental, Social Security System (SSS) Dumaguete Branch Head Lilani Bustamante assured PWDs can work in government institutions.

“We are treating you like us. If you can afford to be (working with us) and as long as you meet the qualification then why not?” Bustamante said.

Bustamante also said that PWDs can become members of SSS as long as they are capable of working in private institutions or self employed.

She also disclosed SSS’ programs concerning PWDs such as partial and full disability benefits, sick leave benefits, maternal leave benefits and dependence allowance.

Bustamante explained that its dependence allowance is for SSS pensioners with PWD dependents. SSS will continue to give monetary allowance to the dependent even if he/she is beyond 21 years old.

Aside from SSS membership and benefits, PWDs can also get medical support from the PhilHealth apart from the 20 percent discount from dental and medical services.

All of the mentioned government programs aim to provide development opportunities for PWDs and to build a more PWD-friendly environment.

Wu and Bustamante highlighted employment benefits for PWDs with representatives of PhilHealth, Bureau of Internal Revenue and the City Prosecutors Office over a Kapihan sa PIA here marking the celebration of National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week which carries the theme: “Building a Inclusive and Non-Handicapping Environment for PWDs.”

Before the start of the forum Dumaguete City Administrator William Ablong gave a statement emphasizing the role of PWDs in the society.

“We are but one body. Our city is one body. You are not liabilities but assets. You have a big thing to contribute on the society,” Ablong said. (mbcn/RAL/PIA7-NEGOR)