Text by XIANNE ARCANGEL, Photos by MARIO IGNACIO IV
PERSONS with disabilities (PWDs) possessing skills in information and communications technology face a bright future: Companies are turning to them to fill vacancies for highly technical jobs.
At the ICT job fair for PWDs held atthe SM North Edsa Mall on June 14, local and multinational firms offered around 650 computer-related jobs, such as animation and software engineering,to applicants with different types of disabilities.
Colored papers indicating the three most common types of physical disabilities—mobility, hearing and visual—were placed beside the names of participating companies to help jobseekers identify the employers that would accept their applications.
More than 450 applicants attended the job fair, which was jointly organized by the Department of Science and Technology and the National Council on Disability Affairs in celebration of the ICT month.