MANILA - The Department of Labor and Employment said private companies that will hire persons with disability (PWDs), comprising 10 percent of the total number of employees, will be exempted from labor law compliance inspection for one year.
“The law mandates that employer or business establishments to hire PWDs of at least 1 percent of their business compliment. If there’s a company that will hire more than one percent or will reach 10 percent, I will give immunity from inspection for one year,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said in an interview at the Jobs and Opportunities Fair for PWDs at the Quezon City Hall Wednesday.
“For retail business like Jollibee, McDonald’s, SM malls, if you will hire 10 percent minimum of PWDs who will work for you and they constitute not less than 10 percent of your total compliment, I will give you immunity from inspection for one year,” he added.
The law provides that business establishments and government agencies are required to hire at least one percent of the total workforce of their offices with PWDs.
Bello noted that complaints will still be entertained even if the firms involved have several PWD employees.
“Of course, they are still subject to complaints also. For example, if they do not give them salaries, of course, we will have to inspect,” he added.
President Rodrigo Duterte, meanwhile, commended the DOLE for uplifting the lives of Filipinos by providing them with decent and productive job opportunities.
“So, over the years, the department and the various agencies under its supervision have continued to champion the interest of the Filipino people here and abroad,” Duterte said in his speech as he graced the 85th DOLE anniversary celebration at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City yesterday.
Duterte said DOLE’s many accomplishments throughout the decades are truly worthy of praise and recognition.
“The department’s effective facilitation of employment and development of manpower, as well as its strict implementation of labor standards and social protection, has proven to be good and advance the betterment of our working population,” he said.
He challenged the more than 8,000-strong DOLE officials and personnel to continue upholding excellence in the performance of their duties to build an efficient, honest, and dependable government.
“Now, more than ever, we need more dedicated civil servants like you as we improve not only our bureaucracy, but the plight of our kababayans who aspire for dignified, comfortable, and prosperous lives,” Duterte said.*PNA
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