Working Senior Citizens
DOLE and PUP officials sign MOA to employ senior citizens who wish to continue working in a program collaboration initiated by Ang Probinsyano Partylist. Credits to PESO Manila.

Senior citizens who wish to continue working beyond their retirement age are welcome to work in state universities like the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in Manila.

The official announcement was made during the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) represented by the Secretary of Labor Silvestre Bello and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines represented by University President Dr. Emmanuel De Guzman on November 11 at the PUP Campus in Manila.

Under the agreement, PUP has committed to hire senior citizens for a minimum of 10 to a maximum of 90 days, working less physically-strenuous tasks for at least 3 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the afternoon.

As a result of the agreement the Public Employment Service Office of the City of Manila announced that 30 senior citizens will be hired as temporary personnel of PUP to be given work depending on their qualifications, skills and previous job description.

Beneficiaries of this program were recommended by the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) – City of Manila in line with the on-going Social Amelioration Program of the City of Manila headed by Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso and Vice-Mayor Honey Lacuna, giving temporary Jobs to Senior Citizens and Persons With Disability.

Salaries for the employed senior citizens will be taken from the DOLE’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) Program.

The signing was witnessed by Anak PUP Federation President Ellenor Joyce Bartolome and Ang Probinsyano Partylist Representative Ronnie Ong who initiated the collaboration.

Ong has announced to media that a similar agreement is being set up to be signed by the University of the Philippines and that he hopes to get more state universities and colleges to implement the program for the senior citizens.

Senior citizens in the Philippines have been honored as unsung heroes and given perks such as free rides on public trains.

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