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)

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Greenpeace ship MY Esperanza

Greenpeace ship MY Esperanza docked at the Dumaguete Port.
Greenpeace ship MY Esperanza docked at the Dumaguete Port.

Negrenses were given a free tour on the Greenpeace ship MY Esperanza on its six-day vist to Negros Oriental. Greenpeace went to Negros Oriental for its first stop in the Philippine leg of their Ocean Defender Tour. The Ocean Defender Tour is a campaign against marine degradation. The famous environmental group encourages everyone to take part in the conservation and protection efforts to the country’s aquatic resources.

Army dismantles CPP-NPA rebels’ mass structure in Negros Oriental

By Jennifer C. Tilos

SIATON, Negros Oriental, July 10 (PIA) –A total of 28 communist rebels have surrendered recently after an army troops of Bayanihan Team under the 79th Infantry Battalion dismantled the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) rebels’ mass structure in Barangay Mantiquil in Siaton town.

“After realizing the futility of supporting the armed struggle and the hostility of keeping the NPAs to their shelter, 28 Party Branch Members and Peoples Militia were awakened from the deceptive insinuations on opinionated issues that brought the Solid Mass Organization or MASSO in Brgy Mantiquil Siaton, Negros Oriental,” Ltc Marion Sison, Commander of 79th Infantry (Masaligan) Battalion said.

Lt Col. Sison said with this incident Barangay Mantiquil is now cleared from the menace of insurgency.

With the number of rebel surrenderees, nine members of Sangay sa Partido sa Localidad (SPL) led by Rosalie Nama alias POPS and nineteen members of Yunit Militia (YM) of Lubos na Asosasyong Masa (LAM)/Solid Mass Association under Diosdado Nama alias DONDI returned to the folds of the law by turning themselves in to the troops of 79th Infantry (Masaligan) Battalion under Ltc Marion R Sison.

“The surrender of 28 persons who were utilized for chores from being underground informants to sometimes, instant and untrained fill up fighters for the NPAs was brought about by the proper information delivered by the Bayanihan Troops from issues previously exploited by the terror groups,” said Sison.

They admittedly decided to turn their backs after realizing they have been fed with lies by the NPA Leadership,” said Ltc Sison.

“We treated them as victims, Sison stressed. Indeed these mass surrender of the entire community previously encapsulated by the broken Communist ideologies is a gateway to a wider opportunity for its constituents, especially the youth,” Sison added.

Brigadier General Jonas Sumagaysay, Acting 3ID Commander said, the people of Negros are happy to welcome their long lost brothers and sisters who have returned to the democratic fold.

This is a welcome development in the province of Negros Oriental where people have longed for a lasting peace. Let us help each other in the spirit of Bayanihan to end the menace of insurgency and move forward towards development in the countryside, Sumagaysay added.

Sumagaysay went on that the snowball of surrenders can be also attributed to social pressure generated by the civil society organizations, the local officials and other stakeholders who have been persistent in calling for peace coupled with sustained combat operations in the region.

Meanwhile, in the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division first semester report, a total of 62 regular members of the NPA have already surrendered and live normally in the mainstream society.

This number includes 26 rebels who are members of Komiteng Rehiyonal-Panay (KR-P), 33 from Komiteng Rehiyonal-Negros (KR-N) and 3 from Komiteng Rehiyonal Sentral-Bisayas (KR-SB). The numbers does not count NPA members who have been monitored to have left the movement for the period.

This year’s first semester surrenderees is up by 18 or 40 percent compared to first semester of last year where 44 NPA rebels have laid down their arms and returned to mainstream society and chose to live peacefully.

Sumaygaysay said “We expect more rebels to surrender in the coming days because we know that they are already tired of the futile armed struggle and wanted to go down and abandon the armed violence.”

He added, the CPP-NPA is losing the support of the populace while their ranks continue to go back to the democratic folds and start a lawful and peaceful life.

The continued Bayanihan in Western Visayas is a successful effort of the people who longed for lasting peace in this part of the country, stressed Sumaygaysay. (mbcn/JCT/PIA7-Negros Oriental)