Qualified senior citizens and differently-abled individuals in Antipolo City can now find employment in the foodservice industry after the local government signed an inclusive jobs program agreement with homegrown restaurant company Jollibee Foods Corporation for its company-owned stores – Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Burger King, and Red Ribbon.
Under the guidelines given by the Antipolo city government, some 44 senior citizens and PWDs will comprise the first batch who will work as customer relations staff.
Aside from compensation, JFC is providing new hires with free meals, health benefits, and insurance coverage.
JFC’s partnership with the Antipolo city government is consistent with its commitment as an employer to promote and practice inclusivity and diversity in the workplace. It earlier signed the same agreement with the local governments of Manila and Pasay.
“Ang pagpirma sa MOA ngayong araw na ito ay isang malaking hakbang para sa isang progresibo at inklusibong Antipolo. Mas bida na ngayon sa Antipolo ang mga senior citizens at PWDs,” said Antipolo Mayor Andrea Ynares.
To promote understanding among current store teams on effectively communicating and interacting with differently-abled individuals, particularly the deaf, JFC has given participating store teams with sensitivity workshops, focused on disability awareness and inclusion, through its partner Saint Brother Jaime Hilario Institute of the De La Salle-College of St. Benilde.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Department of Labor and Employment Provincial Head for Rizal Marivic Martinez and Antipolo Public Employment Service Office Manager Marie Fe Iquin, along with other city officials and some senior citizens and PWDs from different communities in Antipolo.
Interested senior citizens and differently-abled individuals in Antipolo City can apply at the city’s PESO, the same office mandated to screen applicants before endorsing qualified candidates to JFC.