MMDA sends 'mobile recruitment offices' to depressed areas

Posted at 03/12/09 10:58 AM

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is now rolling on shanty streets, offering jobs for the poor and unemployed, an official said Thursday.

Robert Nacianceno, MMDA general manager, said the agency has been reaching out to the unemployed poor through its "mobile recruitment offices" that have been rolling on depressed area to help the government solve the unemployment crisis.

Nacianceno told ABS-CBN's Umagang Kay Ganda that the rolling recruitment offices aim is “to make it easy for those in the depressed areas to comply with our requirements, para hindi na sila gumagasta nang pabalik-balik sa pagdadala ng ID picture at kung anu-ano pa.”

He said the a mobile recruitment office spends five days in a depressed area, giving applicants more time to comply with job requirements.

The MMDA said it has 900 job openings for street cleaners, sidewalk clearing people and traffic enforcers.

Nacianceno said the agency is doing this “sadyang para mabigyan ng trabaho ang gustong magtrabaho.”

He said that street cleaners and sidewalk clearing people will have to work for the MMDA for four months while traffic enforcers render service for a longer time.

Nacianceno added that there are no skills required for those who want to be street cleaners and sidewalk clearing people. They just have to be of working age (18 to 50 years old) and must have a barangay clearance. Traffic enforcers, meanwhile, should be college graduates.

Nacianceno said there are 700 posts open for traffic enforcers.

The MMDA official said sidewalk clearing people and street cleaners will receive a monthly minimum wage pay of around P390, while traffic enforcers will get P10,000 a month, which includes hazard pay.

He said former prisoners are also welcome to apply if they are finding a hard time to get jobs.

Nacianceno said applicants may also proceed to the MMDA main office. He also told the public to watch out for MMDA sound trucks that announce when the mobile recruitment office will arrive in their area.

Meanwhile, the Social Security System (SSS) announced that it is offering 2,000 summer jobs.

Marissu Bugante, SSS vice president for public affairs, said laid off SSS members as well as their dependents and relatives can apply for the summer jobs.

“Merong screening. Hindi basta-basta mag-qualify,” Bugante said.

She said that the SSS nationwide summer job program will require participants who are computer literate.\

The summer job workers are tasked to assist account officers and account executives, especially those who visit companies to check their accounts.

Applicants may bring their bio-data to any SSS office until March 20.