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Programme for the Improvement of the Employability of People with Disabilities (Programa de Mejoramiento a la Empleabilidad de las Personas con Discapacidad) (2015-)



Date: 2015-
Web: Official website of the programme
Description: The program seeks Integration in the labor market of people with disabilities, through the process of management of disability in the workplace and in compliance with Law No. 15 of June 2016. The program promotes the labor insertion of people with disability, through a labor intermediation process, with orientation and assistance phases. It also seeks to manage training actions with other institutions or entities, as well as provide tax incentives for companies that hire people with disabilities.


Target population: Persons of legal age who are disabled
Area of intervention: Labour intermediation services
Technical and vocational training
Indirect job creation
Geographic scale: National
Targeting method: Categorical
Comments: According to Law No. 42 of 1999 (updated by Law No. 15 of 2016), companies are obliged to hire people with disabilities. For those composed of more than 25 workers, there must be at least one worker with a disability, while companies with more than 50 workers must have a proportion of not less than 2% of workers with disabilities


Legal framework: Law No. 15 of May 31, 2016: Resolution No. DM-220-16; Executive Decree No. 9 of March 8, 2005
Responsible organization(s): Ministry of Labor and Work Development (MITRADEL)
Executing organization(s): Department of Socioeconomic Integration of Persons with Disabilities
Source of funding: Government of Panamá

1) Support for the labor insertion of people with disabilities

Recipient(s): Persons of legal age who are disabled
Recipient of the transfer: Direct recipient
Description: Through different strategies and alliances, MITRADEL promotes the employment inclusion of people with disabilities. For example, through job fairs, workshops and training, promoting awareness rising for companies, and collaboration with organizations and institutions such as: the National Disability Network (REDIS), IPHE, INADEH, CONADIS and “Sumarse”.




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