Recruiting persons with disabilities is a “win-win-win” situation for business owners.
This is the message of Handicap International’s forum for employers at BTONE Café in Baras, Rizal, last October 24.
Entitled “Win-Win-Win: A Disability-Inclusive Employers’ Forum,” the gathering reminded participants that employing persons with disabilities can benefit three entities: the person with disability himself, the employer, and society in general.
Program Director Edith van Wijngaarden pointed out that hiring persons with disabilities will not only give a decent life to the person with disability – and give employers tax incentives – but it will boost overall social morale as well.
“You will bring a positive spirit within your business,” she said, “and the person with disability will be recognized in society.”
She added that this professional relationship will also help everyone involved to learn from each other.
Organized by the REBUILD Project – a livelihoods and inclusive local development project – the forum was also attended by Baras Mayor Kathrine “KC” Robles.
The mayor recounted her acquaintance with the REBUILD Project and its advocacy for inclusive local development.
“REBUILD goes beyond giving wheelchairs,” Mayor Robles said. “It has a larger project vision for our town.”
Mayor Robles said employers should look first at the ability of persons with disabilities. Employers will see that persons with disabilities may actually have greater competence and motivation than other job seekers, she said.
The mayor also cited the Municipal Government of Baras as an example of inclusive employment. She referred to the example of Kelly Moral, a Municipal Hall employee and secretary of the Baras Federation of Persons with Disabilities Associations, Inc. (BFPWDAI). Moral has been working as accounting assistant for many years now.
Towards the end of the forum, Moral narrated his story to the crowd and encouraged the employers present to be more open to persons with disabilities like himself.
The REBUILD Project is implemented with financial support from