Additional privileges for PWDs, now approved
On May 27, 170 lawmakers approved the House Bill 9106 that grants additional privileges for persons with disabilities or PWDs.
The law says that:
- All government agencies, offices, or government corporations are mandated to fill up at least two percent (2%) of all positions for qualified PWDs.
- All private corporations with more than one thousand 1,000 employees are mandated to allot at least two percent (2%) of all positions for qualified PWDs, and 1 percent (1%) for those with less than 1,000 employees.
- PWDs shall get a monthly stipend amounting to P500 to augment their daily subsistence, medical, and other needs.
- PWDs are shall be exempted from passport processing fees, as well as travel taxes, terminal fees, other fees and charges levied on airports, ports, or other terminals by the government, any of its agencies or instrumentalities, or by government-owned or controlled corporations; and
- PWDs shall have a lifetime validity of their identification cards
- PWDs shall get free assistive technology services including designing, customizing, maintaining, repairing, or replacing assistive technology devices to enhance their functional capacity.
In return, private corporations and entities that employ PWDs who meet the required skills or qualifications as apprentices or learners “shall be entitled to an additional deduction, from their gross income, equivalent to 25 percent of the total amount paid as salaries and wages to PWDs.”
On the other hand, “private entities that employ PWDs as regular employees shall be entitled to an additional deduction from their gross income, equivalent to 50 percent of the total amount paid as salaries and wages for the PWDs.”