The Manila International Airport Authority on Wednesday signed an agreement with the city government of Pasay to hire some 100 senior citizens as temporary airport ushers.
The hired seniors, according to MIAA general manager Eddie Monreal, will serve for three hours in the morning and another three hours in the afternoon for 15 days, guiding air travelers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, to their seats and to offices they need to go to or which lanes to cue in.
The seniors, aged 60 to early 70s, will each receive a salary computed based on a P537 daily wage rate and were selected based on their health condition and fitness to work.
The authorities gave them assurances the tasks were not physically damaging to the elderly.
Monreal and Pasay City Mayor Imelda Rubiano signed the special project’s agreement in MIAA main office in close coordination with the Ang Probinsyano Party-list and the Department of Labor and Employment.
Rubiano was accompanied by Pasay’s Office of Senior Citizens Affairs president Normita Castillo.
“Through this project, we are giving our senior citizens the opportunity to still maximize their productivity, mingle again with people in a regular work environment and even provide some amount to their families with their salaries,” said Rubiano.
“It is also a fitting recognition and appreciation of senior citizens as productive members of society even in their 60s, 70s or older,” she added.
In her previous stint as Pasay city’s lone congresswoman, Rubiano authored the measure which became Republic Act 10911, or the “Anti-age Discrimination In Employment Act” which paved the way for the employment of senior citizens throughout the country.
According to Pasay OSCA’s Castillo, there are more than 37,000 senior citizens in the city, and almost 35,000 of these are registered with the City through their barangay-based associations.
These seniors, she added, are provided by the local government free monthly maintenance medicines, financial benefits such as pension and birthday cash gifts, as well as other forms of benefits and assistance.
The seniors’ temporary employment project at the airport was facilitated by the city government in partnership with the office of Rep. Ronnie Ong of Ang Probinsyano party-list.
Late last month, the city government also signed an agreement with a local fastfood chain to hire senior citizens and people with disabilities in their establishments.
McDonald’s Philippines signed the agreement with Rubiano, who lauded the company for hiring the eldery and PWDs in all of their restaurants in the city.
Under the agreement, the fastfood chain will hire 42 senior citizens and PWDs in 14 restaurants in the city.