PWDPhil partners with Angono PDAO for the PWEDe Initiative

Finally, the rain.

With generous assistance from the Rotary Club of Makati Dasmarinas, PWDPhil has partnered with the Angono PDAO, headed by Amormio Vitor for the pilot project of the PWDe Initiative. Continue reading

DICT promotes Work-From-Home for Pinoys With Disabilities

DICT Assec and Chief of Staff Atty. Caloy Caliwara is seen here with NCDA Executive Director Carmen Zubiaga during a forum on work-from-home opportunities for PWDs. In this day and age where the Internet has efficiently shrunk the world, business processes can be done across the globe, simultaneously and without delay. Anyone with an Internet connection can work as someone else’s office assistant, distance not an issue. Continue reading

Uber Manila hires PWD drivers

Uber Manila yesterday launched a program that fully supports the giving of income generating opportunities to Pinoys with disabilities. Uber Manila’s program already includes certain partner-drivers who claim to be hard of hearing but not totally deaf. These drivers spoke to the media of the benefits of the income they have made from being a partner-driver using their own vehicles. Uber clearly identifies which drivers are disabled by showing a PWD icon on their profiles and it will be the choice of the passenger to ride with them or not.

Yes it’s a good move, but…

In 2009, the World Federation of the Deaf made a statement on the right of deaf to drive a car or any other vehicle.


We at support this statement and that Pinoys with Disabilities should be given the right to drive a motor vehicle. While there have been no studies proving that deaf drivers are more prone to accidents than normal-hearing drivers, it has been well-established in many studies that sound is not a primary consideration when driving a motor vehicle. The most crucial sense to driving is the sense of sight and the sense of touch. While hearing can be complimentary, it is not as crucial as sight. That is why we can still drive safely even while the radio is at high volume. We also believe that many of our disabled brothers and sisters are already marginalized as it is and giving them opportunities for mobility would be more than welcome.

How is Uber Manila ready for the PWD partner-driver?

However, PWDs have rights too. Such as the VAT exemption, exemption from coding, premium and reserved parking space near ramps and building entrances and tax relief. How Uber Manila intends to address these issues and ensure that the deaf drivers are given their due, CEO Laurence Cua did not say. Yes, they have technologies that will assist the driver such as the Beethoven technology where calling is automatically disabled if you are trying to contact a PWD driver. There is also the question of protection for the PWD driver as many PWDs are subject to ridicule and humiliation. Uber Manila also made no mention of how they can protect their PWD partner-drivers during these instances. They did mention the need to educate riders on discriminating against a PWD driver, but there is also the rider’s right to choose, and that may be misconstrued as discrimination.  In my opinion, educating the public about the safety of riding with deaf drivers should have been done prior to the launching of this program to increase its acceptance by the public. Pushing something like this to the consumer without a prior education campaign may become the source of several issues. Though many Uber PWD drivers are lauded and given high ratings for their safe driving style, courtesy and good service, it will not save the deaf drivers from undereducated and abusive riders. Training the deaf drivers on how to handle such situations should be in place as well.

Is the program legal in the Philippines?

And there is the question of legality. In Europe and in the US, deaf drivers are allowed to drive commercial vehicles, such as buses, cabs and cargo trucks. While deaf drivers are given licenses to drive in the Philippines, a check with the Land Transportation Office confirmed that deaf drivers here are only given a Non-Professional driver’s license with the restriction code clearly mentioning which type of vehicle the deaf driver is allowed to drive and under which condition the deaf driver is licensed. The Land Transportation Office customer hotline mentioned that there is condition E which means the deaf driver is allowed to drive but only when accompanied by a person of normal hearing. Discrimination? Maybe, maybe not, but it is the law. Deaf drivers are NOT given Professional Driver’s Licenses.

So if the deaf driver’s main line of work is driving for pay, there could be a legal issue with this program by Uber Manila, because deaf drivers, by law, are not allowed to drive commercially.

What do you think?


PWDs in the BPO Industry

Many Pinoys with Disabilities may not know that the BPO (business process outsourcing) industry has employed so many PWDs, some of them like Mr. Baradi in the video, have climbed the corporate ladder to become managers, supervisors or highly-paid specialists. The problem with many companies in the Philippines is that they have not been treating PWDs like regular employees, meaning they have been doing their fair share of the work but not paid like a non-disabled worker. It is discrimination that have led many PWDs to work menial jobs for lesser pay. Continue reading

PWD Job Fair by Taguig City Government

In celebration of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week, the city government of Taguig held a PWD job fair, Pinoys with disabilities, at the City Hall grounds. Recruiters setup booths that offered job placements for PWD applicants as well as the non-PWD jobseekers. Recruiters will be there at the Taguig City Hall grounds from July 17 to 22, 2013.

pwd job fair taguig 2013

Speaking with one of the recruiters, Ms. Richelle Mesa informed this writer that most of the companies that have requested for new recruits give priority to PWDs. These companies are mostly in the manufacturing industry, such as toothpaste making, food packaging and corrugated box manufacturing.  90% of the PWDs hired tend to stay longer in employment that their non-PWD counterpart. Pinoys with disabilities who do get jobs tend to be more loyal to  their employer, assuming that these employers treat their employees well and in a professional manner. PWD job fairs may be few and far in between but it is worthwhile for a PWD job seeker to visit one.

pwd job fair taguig 2013

Mesa reiterated that in their experience, PWDs are better workers, spending less time on trivial pursuits and are more focused with the task at hand. They are not sickly nor any more prone to accidents as everybody else. PWD workers are efficient and have a high regard for their work. There are less impudence, sass and behavioral issues with PWDs as there are with non-PWD experienced applicants and sometimes with fresh graduates.

Here are the openings for PWDs and non-PWD job seekers:

  • therapist (massage)
  • nail technician
  • waiters
  • line cooks
  • managers and assistant managers
  • pastry chef
  • service crew
  • pit crew
  • cashier
  • receptionist
  • pantry staff

Mesa reiterated that PWDs who want to apply after the job fair may still do so by email or visiting their office. Lakshmi Staff Assistance Services is located at Unit 427, Building L, One Oasis Condominium, Ortigas Avenue Extension, Brgy Sta Lucia, Pasig City. Open from Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Landline: (02) 379-3324
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