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The transition of workers with permanent and temporary disability from absence to job retention or re-employment is affected by a number of factors. Several models indicate that return to work is usually associated with determinants other than physical and medical aspects of work contingencies. Hence, this study aimed to identify the factors associated with job retention and re-employment experiences of persons with work-related disabilities (PWRDs) in selected regions in the Philippines. It is worth noting, however, that the study may not provide an exhaustive list of all factors related to return to work. The descriptive analysis of the study only provided a snapshot of the return to work experiences of the respondents.

The study covered a total of 34 companies and 70 PWRDs in National Capital Region (NCR), Region VII, Region XI, Region III, Region IV-A, Region VI, and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). Two (2) sets of questionnaires were prepared for the PWRDs and human resource managers/union representatives. PWRDs were interviewed on their demographic characteristics, return to work experiences, and acquired rehabilitation services. Meanwhile, human resource managers were asked about their company’s return to work policies, and experiences in employing differently abled persons.

Notwithstanding the number of respondents, the following are the key findings of the study: return to work is not linear in nature. Certain factors at the individual, company and national level affect PWRDs work outcomes. Moreover, the transition between recuperation and workplace reintegration of PWRDs is an area for further improvement.

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Title: A Study On Job Retention And Re-Employment Of Person’s With Work-Related Disabilities (PWRD) In Select Regions In The Philippines
: Frances Camille G. Dumalaog