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The Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. IV-A (CALABARZON) through its Rizal Provincial Office (DOLE Rizal) ends deaf breadwinner’s employment drought by giving him a work opportunity through the Government Internship Program (GIP).

Joshua B. Itliong or Josh, as what his fellow colleagues from the Department call him, is a 27-year-old deaf from San Juan Cainta, Rizal. He is the youngest among three siblings. Both of his siblings already have their own families to support, making Josh the breadwinner of the family. After graduating Senior High School, Josh attempted several times to secure a job, but struggled due to his disability.

With encouragement from his mother, Josh studied in CAP College Foundation, Inc. under the Associate in Arts in Information and Technology. His mother believed and hoped that being a college graduate, even for two years, might help him find a job.

As soon as he graduated, Josh consistently sends job applications to different companies but he hardly receives any feedback from them. His burden became heavier when his mother fell ill. He is now more desperate to be hired to help with the medical expenses.

Before his mother passed away in May last year, she instructed him to continue searching for a job that will suit him. He carried his mother’s wish and persevered on his job-hunting quest. But despite all this, it is still hard for him to look for employment.

Josh admitted that after experiencing repeated rejections in life, he began to question himself.

“Naiisip ko, bakit ayaw [nila] tanggapin applications ko sa trabaho? Dahil ba deaf ako?” Josh contemplated.

He did not hold on to this setback for long. Josh pushed himself to try again. Eventually, he saw a job posting on DOLE Rizal’s Facebook page and applied for a Government Intern position.

After undergoing some tests for the program admission, Josh aced the typing exam among other examinees on his batch of applicants. Joshua’s determination to have a job was noticed by the screening team. This is the reason why he was admitted as an intern in the province.

DOLE Rizal Provincial Director Marivic B. Martinez believed that Persons with Disability (PWDs) like Joshua should also be given an equal chance and opportunity.

“We just want to give them (PWDs) equal opportunity just like we give to the abled. I believe they also deserve to have proper employment,” Martinez said.

Section 5 of Republic Act No. 7277 or the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons states that “no disabled persons shall be denied access to opportunities for suitable employment, and that 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.”

The Department continues to uphold the rights of PWDs by facilitating their access to employment opportunities.

Flint Osric T. Gorospe, Community Facilitator, commends Joshua’s dedication in his work.

“Josh is a very dedicated type of person when it comes to work. He usually arrives in the office early and he makes sure that the tasks assigned to him were done before he goes home. I think he will grow more as a person if he continues to work like that,” Gorospe shared.

Overflowing Gratitude
Josh expressed his gratitude to the Department for admitting him in the program.

“Maraming salamat po sa DOLE at tinanggap niyo po ako sa trabaho po. Salamat po sa mga kasama ko sa work and boss ko dahil mabait sila sa akin. God bless you all po!” he said.

He also wished to continue to work at DOLE as a Job Order employee in the future.

“Sana po [ma]grant ni Lord na magtuloy ang trabaho ko dito sa DOLE [bilang] Job Order. Para matulungan ko dad ko po sa aming needs,” he added.


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