The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) lauds the issuance of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 10524 entitled “An Act Expanding the Positions Reserved for Persons with Disability, Amending for the Purpose Republic Act No. 7277, As Amended, Otherwise Known as the Magna Carta for Persons with Disability,” which was signed by the respective stakeholders in June 17, 2016.
RA 10524 which was approved into law, requires that at least one percent (1%) of all regular and non-regular positions in all government agencies, offices or corporations shall be reserved for persons with disabilities (PWDs). It also encourages private corporations with more than 100 employees to reserve at least one percent (1%) of all positions for PWDs.
The implementing agencies of the said law include the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Health (DOH), Civil Service Commission (CSC), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and Governance Commission for Government-Owned or Controlled Corporations and NCDA.
Carmen R. Zubiaga, Acting Executive Director of NCDA, said that the signing of the IRR “is another milestone in our goal to establish better and equal opportunity for employment for PWDs. She stressed that Section 5 of the Republic Act No. 7277 otherwise known as the Magna Carta for Persons with Disabilities, provides that “No persons with disability shall be denied access to opportunities for suitable employment;” and that “a qualified employee with disability shall be subject to the same terms and conditions of employment and the same compensation, privileges, benefits, fringe benefits, incentives or allowances as a qualified able bodied person.”
Under the law, the NCDA in coordination with DOLE and CSC shall take the lead roles in ensuring the full implementation of RA 10524; specifically, the law requires that NCDA will consolidate and analyze the data on employed PWDs coming from these two agencies and maintain a database that is transparent and accessible to all PWDs. In addition, NCDA will strengthen referral services to ensure availability of data to stakeholders and services to PWD, including provision of assistive devices.
RA 10524 was signed by President Benigno Aquino III on April 13, 2013.#