Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz announced yesterday that the Department of Labor and Employment will be releasing an audiobook on Workers Statutory Benefits to serve needs of visually impaired workers in the private sector.


“This will be the first audiobook in the Philippines which will provide greater facility and accessibility for workers who are visually impaired for them to better understand their rights and privileges under labor laws and social legislation,” said Baldoz.


The first edition of the audiobook contains all the information published in the Handbook on Statutory Workers’ Benefit published by the DOLE through the Bureau of Working Condition.


“I commend the Bureau of Working Conditions for broadening access to information specifically on the workers employment rights and privileges.  This is a strong addition to the print and e-copy versions of Handbook on Workers’ Statutory Monetary Benefits which has remained as the most compact yet comprehensive and authoritative resource on the recent developments in the Philippine labor laws and regulations,” Baldoz added.


The Bureau of Working Conditions regularly updates the Handbook to reflect the latest changes in general labor standards and social welfare legislation.


The audio version of the printed handbook narrates compliance guide on minimum wage, holiday pay, premium pay, overtime pay, and night shift differential pay.


Visually impaired workers will also better understand their privileges on service charges, as well as their rights on service incentive leave, maternity leave, paternity leave, solo parent leave, leave for victims of violence against women and their children, and special leave for women.


The audiobook also disseminates the basics of thirteenth month pay, separation pay, retirement pay, as well as Employers Compensation Commission, SSS, and Philhealth benefits.


The audio material also resounds the applicable minimum wage rates and benefits of the Kasambahay pursuant to Republic Act No. 10361 or Batas Kasambahay.


“The production of the DOLE audiobook on statutory workers’ benefits also adheres to the Republic Act 7277 or the Magna Carta of Disabled Persons which mandates for the provision of auxiliary aids and services, such as qualified readers, taped tests, or other effective methods of delivering materials to individuals with visual impairments,” said Baldoz.


R.A. 7277 provides that no disable person shall be denied access to opportunities for suitable employment. A qualified disabled employee shall be subject to the same terms and conditions of employment and the same compensation, privileges, benefits, fringe benefits, incentives or allowances as a qualified able-bodied person.



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