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Senator Paolo Aquino has sought the passage of Senate Bill No. 1249, government agencies and private offices must allot two and one percent of their workforce, respectively, to persons with disabilities (PWDs).

He made the appeal as the world celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Sunday, Decembe 3.

“We need to ensure that our PWDs are given proper assistance and opportunities to make a living,” said Aquino, who also filed Senate Bill No. 356 promoting the welfare of PWDs.

“This bill seeks to create more job opportunities for PWDs in the workforce and provide commensurate compensation, benefits and employment terms for PWDs as any other qualified employee,” he said.

SB 356 aims to provide mandatory Philhealth coverage for PWDs, to ensure that their health is protected.

“Social services should be provided to those with the least in society. Health services should be provided to those who need it the most,” Aquino said.

The two measures aim to amend Republic Act 7277 or the “Magna Carta for Persons with Disability” to accommodate the latest benefits and privileges for PWDs.