20-YEAR-OLD Gabriel Anthony G. Aujero was hired-on-the-spot by Jollibee during the 2019 Labor Day Jobs Fair at Robinsons Place Jaro, Iloilo City.
Aujero, a native of Jaro, Iloilo City was detected and diagnosed with autism in his early childhood and was fortunate to receive the love, care and support he needs to address his case.
He was sent to special schools that cater to his needs to prepare him for every day normal living. He finished his secondary education at STI-Iloilo and a product of WorkAbilities, a transition center for adolescents and adults with special needs based in Iloilo City.
He was accompanied by his mother when he took part in the jobs fair. Other than Jollibee, he also applied with two other participating companies.
In the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons, or Republic Act No. 7277, the law prescribes 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 Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 7277 further mandates the Department of Labor and Employment, in coordination with the local government units, private corporations, and Public Employment Service Office, to facilitate access of PWDs to employment opportunities through the conduct of job fairs, career guidance, job coaching, and other employment facilitation services.
Mr. Aujeros success in the Labor Day Jobs Fair is an inspiration to other PWDs who aim to be acknowledged and be given equal access to employment opportunities.