To mark the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week in July 2020, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has partnered with Project Inclusion Network, Inc. (PIN), the Department of Commerce and Industry (DTI) and Workers Compensation Commission (ECC) on conducting a survey aimed at better determining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with disabilities.
According to DOLE, the survey, titled “Towards Disability Including Employment and Livelihood Recreation in the COVID-19 Period,” aims to better understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with disabilities in employment and entrepreneurship determine and document their needs can participate in the labor and entrepreneur market.
According to the Department of Labor, people with disabilities already face barriers in normal circumstances that prevent them from fully participating in society, and these are exacerbated by the current circumstances that caused the COVID-19 pandemic.
“According to a quick assessment carried out by PIN of 75 people with disabilities, 70% of them were affected by the pandemic. Some have a work-from-home agreement or policy with no work, no pay or reduced hours, while others are at risk of losing their jobs, “DOLE said in a July 14 statement.
“Based on testimonials from some respondents, they know it will take a long time to adjust to the new normal and it will be more difficult for them to find job opportunities,” the department added.
DOLE encouraged all persons with disability agencies (PDAOs), organizations for the disabled (DPOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) to take part in the survey and to disseminate it.
You can access the survey at https://tinyurl.com/inclusiveph or download fillable PDF forms from https://bit.ly/38TNf3c (English format) or https://bit.ly/2Zr4JAJ (Filipino format) can be emailed to [email protected].
The survey runs from July 15 to August 12, 2020.
DOLE said the results of the survey will be shared with the public and policy makers in support of inclusive recovery efforts in support of decent and equitable work and livelihoods for people with disabilities in the new normal.
“Let’s build a more inclusive and barrier-free Philippines together!” said the department.
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