The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) set a job fair exclusively for persons with disability (PWD) on 5 December at the Quezon City hall. The fair promises employment, livelihood and training opportunities to disadvantaged persons in Metro Manila.
About a hundred private companies and government agencies have expressed willingness to take in qualified PWD into their workforce as the world celebrates the International Day for Persons with Disability two days before the job fair.
The event is a joint undertaking of DoLE, in celebration of its 86th anniversary, and Rotary Clubs from District 3830.
The department is pushing compliance of the law, Republic Act 10524, mandating offices of government to set aside one percent of their positions for PWD.
The same law encourages private enterprises with more than 100 employees to reserve one percent of their workforce to disadvantaged persons.
The Rotary Clubs from District 3830 mobilized employers from various parts of Metro Manila to join the job fair, which will see the Department of Trade and Industry and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority provide skills training and livelihood seminars.
Also participating are the Public Employment Service Offices in the National Capital Region, the National Council on Disability Affair and the city government of Quezon City.
All local government units in Metro Manila were also invited to participate by sending qualified persons with disability from their respective communities to the job fair.