McDonald’s will employ the elderly or senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) in at least 40 of its branches in the City of Manila. This is in accordance with a memorandum of agreement signed by Manila Mayor Isko Moreno and Kenneth Yang, President and CEO of Golden Arches Development Corporation (McDonald’s Philippines).
The said memorandum of agreement between the two parties was signed at the Manila City Hall last Wednesday, September 4, 2019.
Providing More Employment Opportunities
McDonald’s Manila branches are opening their doors in accommodating and employing qualified Senior Citizens and Persons with Disability (PWDs) to join their team for six months as a temporary employee.
Mayor Isko expressed his sincere gratitude to McDonald’s Philippines for giving the elderly and differently-abled individuals the opportunity to have a new source of income.
“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.”
Employment Requirements and Qualifications
At least three qualified applicants, two senior citizens and one differently-abled individual, will be hired by McDonald’s. They will be employed in each of the stores in the city.
“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.
In a separate statement, the company said that the deal 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 elderly 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. Senior citizens must be 60 years old or over, pass the physical, medical, and laboratory exams, and certified fit to work.
On the other hand, PWDs will work not exceeding eight hours a day in shifts similar to regular crew members. The differently-abled individual must be deaf and mute (subject to subsequent inclusion of other differently-abled individuals) and must undergo physical, medical, and laboratory exams and certified as fit to work.
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.
- 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.
Compensation and Benefits
The elderly and PWDs that will pass their requirements will be paid with the prevailing minimum wage, adjusted as often as new minimum wage rates are implemented.
Same as the regular employee, they are also entitled to receive the proportionate 13th-month pay and service incentives. They will also be entitled for a medical insurance to be secured by McDonald’s Philippines.
McDonald’s Philippines welcomes the Manileño elderly and PWDs to their workforce just like other companies who braved and accepted these individuals to unleash their potential and prove themselves in society.
“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.
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