Mayor Isko: McDonald’s will also hire senior citizens, PWDs in Manila

Photo from Mayor Isko's Facebook post (ctto)

Manila, Philippines - McDonald’s on Wednesday has pledged to hire senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWD) in its 40 stores in the country’s capital.

Mayor Isko Moreno and McDonald’s Philippines president and CEO, Mr. Kenneth Yang, signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at the Manila city hall, to employ the elderly and persons with disabilities (PWDs).

“Ipinagpapasalamat ko ng buong puso, in behalf of the City of Manila, kay Mr. Kenneth Yang ng Mcdonald’s at sampu ng kanyang mga kasama kung saan tumugon sila sa panawagan ng Lungsod ng Maynila to give our senior citizens and PWDs another opportunity na magkaroon ulit ng panibagong source of income,” Moreno said.

McDonald’s Philippines is opening its branches to accommodate and employ qualified senior citizens and differently-abled individuals or PWDs as temporary employees for six months.

“McDonald’s Philippines has been a responsible employer since we opened our first store here in Manila in 1981. We usher our 38th founding anniversary this September, by inking this partnership with the City of Manila as we commit to provide more employment opportunities which aim to integrate senior citizens and hearing-impaired Manileños into the workforce,” Yang said.

The agreement is in line with McDonald’s “policy of providing temporary employment to qualified elderly and differently-abled individuals as a means of re-integrating them as productive members of society,” the American company said in a separate statement.

McDonald’s will hire at least three qualified applicants, including two elderly individuals and one PWD, in each store.

Senior citizens and PWDs’ tasks will be as “order presentors, drink drawers, table managers and guest relations staff” and will work no more than four hours a day, five days a week, in two shifts—8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

PWDs will work in shifts similar to regular crew members, but not exceeding eight hours a day.

The elderly and PWD employees will be paid with the prevailing minimum wage, adjusted as often as new minimum wage rates are implemented.

They are also entitled to receive the proportionate 13th month pay and service incentives, and be part of a group medical insurance to be secured by McDonald’s Philippines.

All applicants must provide a medical certificate to prove that they are still fit to work despite their advanced age and disabilities, according to the memorandum.

Qualified senior citizens and PWDs will also be required to undergo training and sign an appropriate contract with McDonald’s Philippines, abide by the rules and regulations imposed by the company on regular employees

And perform tasks in accordance with the reasonable instructions from McDonald’s Philippines such as order presenter, drink drawer, table manager, and overall guest relations work

“We currently have over 30 employed in different restaurants in the country. We have seen their potential, capabilities and commitment in providing great customer service. As we welcome our Manileño senior citizens and PWDs, we look forward to grow the alternative workforce and roll it out in more cities,” Yang said.

The Manila Police District waived police clearance fees for senior citizens and PWDs to help them with the application process, Moreno said.

Source: GMA news

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