Friday, 8 May 2009

MMDA Hires New Workers As Part of the Agency's "Metro Gwapo Workforce"

At least 600 new workers have been hired by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in its continuing program of providing job opportunities for the poor and underprivileged residents of Metro Manila.

The 600 newly-hired employees took their oaths and signed their appointment papers today before MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando, who welcomed them in the agency’s "Metro Gwapo" workforce.

The hired workers were laborers, foremen, painters, carpenters, masons, and drivers, who will be assigned to work in the MMDA’s Landscape Management Office, Road Clearing Group, Traffic Engineering Center, and Construction and Equipment Maintenance Office.

Fernando said the 600 workers were hired from depressed areas such as Tondo, Manila, and Tatalon in Quezon City and will be fielded in worksites near their residences.

"We do not want them to spend more money in transportation fares so they will work near their place of residences. They could also just as easily get their baon from their houses," the MMDA chairman added.

The MMDA has announced that it needs about 1,800 new employees to fill its ranks for field operations and office works.

Fernando said a job at the MMDA is a good stepping stone for those who wish to land a higher-paying job abroad or in private companies in the future.

"We do not discriminate. With or without (work experience) we will accept everyone who is willing to work with us. We will even train you," the MMDA chairman said.

Fernando added that by hiring more workers, the MMDA is contributing to the government’s peace and order drive by preventing these jobless people by committing crimes.

"If they have a source of income, they could not think of doing anything wrong just to earn money," he said.

Illegal vendors who could hardly make ends meet due to their unstable income are also welcome to apply at the MMDA, according to MMDA.

Fernando added the MMDA’s hiring of new employees is continuous.

Aside manual labor, the MMDA also about 200 traffic enforcers to augment the ranks of the Traffic Operations Center (TOC), the MMDA’s traffic management arm.

For enforcement and administrative work, the MMDA also needs to fill up a total of 732 positions, from security officers, legislative staff assistants, clerks, computer programmers, accountants, and engineers.

Fernando said there are also vacant positions for architects, electricians, lawyers, storekeepers, planning and records officers, and public information officers.

To facilitate the hiring of workers, the MMDA has been dispatching mobile recruitment teams all over Metro Manila, especially in depressed areas in Tondo, communities along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City, C-5/Taguig, and Camanava area.

The recruitment teams are dispatched to various cities in coordination with the city officials, Fernando said.

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