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Baguio City to give incentive to food establishments employing senior citizens and PWDs

Updated: Nov 22, 2021

Baguio City, Philippines – The city council of Baguio has filed an ordinance providing incentives to fast food corporations and restaurants in the city that employ qualified senior citizens and differently abled workers.

Sangguniang Panlungsod ng Baguio, in a press release, stated that ‘Incentive shall be in the form of a deduction from the establishment’s gross sales receipt which is equivalent to 50% of the total amount paid as salaries and wages for personal services actually rendered by the senior citizens/PWDs.’

Councilor Elaine Sembrano, who filed the regulation, said that the move aims to inspire employers to hire senior citizens and PWDs who are capable and willing to work.

Sembrano added that restaurants and food corporations that offer per-hour rates are among the feasible and ideal establishments that can accommodate senior citizens and PWDs, considering that they cannot work for long hours due to old age and the PWDs' condition.

The said ordinance, however, provided that the employee ‘should not be a relative within the third consanguinity of the business owner or manager of the fast-food or restaurant.’

The ordinance also specified that the incentive can only be granted to fast food corporations and restaurants after employing the beneficiaries for at least six months and shall give a salary of at least the amount of the minimum wage stated in the Labor Code.

The regulation added that employed senior citizens and PWDs shall only work for a minimum of four hours a day and shall report to work four days a week.

The proposed measure also stated that ‘any employer found guilty of fraudulently employing a senior citizen/PWD and removing the same without just cause after receiving the incentive shall be fined P3,000.00 and shall have their business permits revoked in case of a subsequent violation.’

The ordinance has been referred to the Committee on Social Services, Women, and Urban Poor of the city council for review.

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