What is the minimum wage for disabled persons?
Under Article 80 of the Labor Code, handicapped workers, now to be properly called as “Persons With Disability” or “PWD,” are entitled to not less than seventy-five percent (75%) of the applicable adjusted minimum wage.52 In view, however, of R.A. No. 7277, the wage rate of PWDs had been increased to and fixed at 100% of the applicable minimum wage.
Wage Orders issued by the Regional Boards normally reflect this principle. For instance, as shown in Section 7 of Wage Order No. NCR-18 quoted above, the full amount of the minimum wage rate prescribed thereunder is granted to a PWD.
Moreover, the employment agreements with persons with disability are deemed automatically modified insofar as their wage clauses are concerned to reflect the said legally mandated increases.