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Give workers with disability their labor rights and benefits, DOLE urges employers


Employers were reminded to ensure that their employees with disability receive all rights and benefits granted under the Labor Code. 

Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III has issued on September 13 Labor Advisory No. 14, series of 2018 to reiterate the provisions of Republic Act No. 7277, or the “Magna Carta for Disabled Persons”, as amended by Republic Act No. 10524. 

The Advisory states that all qualified employees with disability shall be entitled to all the rights and benefits granted under the Labor Code of the Philippines, as amended, unless otherwise expressly provided.  

Employees with disability are mandatorily covered under Social Security System, PhilHealth and Pag-IBIG, whenever applicable, the issuance also says. 

Like other qualified workers, disabled workers are entitled to service incentive leave, maternity leave, paternity leave, solo parent leave, Violence Against Women and Their Children (VAWC) leave and special leave for women under the Magna Carta of Women, provided they meet all conditions, based on the advisory. 

“This is a stern warning to all employers who might be denying their workers their entitlements under the law on account of their disability,” DOLE-Regional Office I Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said. 

He said RA 10524 provides 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 an employed able-bodied person. 

“Our Secretary wants to ensure that our disabled workers are given equal remuneration for work of equal value as what the law requires,” Director Lacambra said. 

The Advisory further provides that employers are not prohibited from granting such other benefits above and beyond the minimum requirements of the law. END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez


RD Nat V. Lacambra
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