Project Inclusion Network (PIN), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Employees Compensation Commission (ECC), are one in the belief that Persons with Disability should not be left behind in the efforts to recover from the effects of COVID-19 pandemic. Persons with Disability, under normal circumstances, already experience barriers that hinder them from fully participating in society, and are further aggravated by the current circumstances that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about. 

From a rapid assessment conducted by PIN to 75 Persons with Disability, 70% of them have had their employment affected by the pandemic. Some are on a work-from-home arrangement, or on a no-work-no-pay or reduced working hours policy, while others are at risk of losing their jobs. Based on the testimonials of some of the respondents, they know that it will take a long time for them to adjust to the new normal, and it will be more challenging for them to find employment opportunities.

In observance of the 2020 National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week this July, and to be able respond to these challenges brought by the health and economic crisis, a survey entitled “Moving Towards Disability Inclusive Recovery in Employment and Livelihood in the time of COVID-19.” will be rolled-out. The survey aims to further determine the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on Persons with Disability in employment and entrepreneurship, and document their needs to be able to participate in the labor and entrepreneurial market post- pandemic. 

The survey, written in both English and Filipino, will run from 15 July to 14 August 2020, and will be available via online google survey form, and fillable PDF file on all online platforms of the DOLE and PIN. Respondents via mobile call are also welcome through the support of phone enumerators. The survey targets Persons with Disability who are, or want to be in employment or entrepreneurship. We invite all Person with Disability Affairs Offices (PDAOs), Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to participate and disseminate the survey.

Results of this survey will be shared with the general public, and with policy makers to aid in the inclusive recovery efforts towards supporting decent and equitable work and livelihood opportunities for Persons with Disability in the new normal. 

Together, let us build a more inclusive, and barrier- free Philippines!