The city government of Manila and Golden Arches Development Corp. (McDonald’s Philippines) on Wednesday signed a memorandum of agreement to employ the elderly and persons with disabilities (PWDs) in at least 40 McDonald’s stores in the city.
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno and McDonald’s Philippines president and CEO signed the memo at the city hall.
“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 restaurants to accommodate and employ qualified elderly and differently-abled individuals 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 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 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 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.
Senior citizens must be 60 years old and over, pass the physical, medical, and laboratory exams, and certified fit to work.
For PWDs, the 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
“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. —VDS, GMA News