Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko“ Domagoso has signed an ordinance that requires fastfood restaurants to hire senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs).
Under the ordinance, fastfood chains should provide employment to the city’s elderly and disadvantaged for “not more than 6 months.”
Each branch must employ 2 senior citizens and 1 PWD who will work for a minimum of 4 hours for at least 4 days each week. They should receive the minimum wage as provided under the Labor Code.
The ordinance also prohibits companies assigning tasks to senior citizens and PWDs considered hazardous and beyond their capacity.
Domagoso vowed last year to boost employment opportunities for the city’s elderly and disadvantaged.
The Manila City government also signed last year a separate memorandum of agreements with fastfood giants Jollibee and McDonald’s to hire elderly staff members and PWDs.