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100 seniors get work at NAIA — Ang Probinsyano solon

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Some 100 senior citizens living near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) were the latest batch to be enlisted in the work-for-pay program initiated by Ang Probinsyano party-list Rep. Ronnie Ong in partnership with the Department of Labor (DOLE) and Pasay and Parañaque cities.

Ong, together with Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Manila International Airport Authority(MIAA) General Manager Eddie Monreal, Pasay City Mayor Emi Rubiano-Calixto and representatives of Parañaque City local goverment and senior citizens groups, signed on Tuesday a memorandum of agreement for the employment of senior citizens at NAIA.

“We’ve been focusing so much on giving discounts and other perks but I believe that our senior citizens should continue to have economic opportunities not just to have extra money but to also feel that they are still contributing to our society,” Ong said.

He also thanked Bello for supporting the program to help the senior citizens.

“Noong inilapit po natin to nung umpisa kay GM Monreal ay hindi rin siya nagdalawang-isip na tulungan tayo katulad ni Sec. Bello. Sa mga senior citizens natin, laban lang po, mayroon pa tayong misyon sa buhay,” Ong said before the MOA signing.

Last week, the congressman was in Cebu province to kick off the same work-for-pay program for senior citizens in Central Visayas.

Ong has forged a partnership with DOLE to tap the Tulong Panghanapbuhay para sa Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program to provide employment for senior citizens not only to give them economic opportunities but also to make them feel important and still useful to the society despite their old age.

He said senior citizens who will be hired to work will do tasks that are important but not physically strenuous. Employment will be given priority to senior citizens who live around the various program venues and their salaries will be drawn from DOLE’s TUPAD allocation.

The salaries of the senior citizen workers under this program shall be based on the minimum salary in each region.

“Ipinaparating din ng programang ito sa senior citizens na meron pa ring tumitingin at nag-aalala sa kapakanan nila nang pang-matagalan more than the usual dole-outs,” Ong said.

“This program gives them another chance at employment, another chance to make new friends, and another chance at new, exciting lives,” he said.