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4,000 POSTS VACANT
MMDA looking for a few good men

3,510 workers opt for early retirement

By DJ Yap
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:52:00 12/31/2007

Filed Under: Employment, Government offices & agencies, Retirement

MANILA, Philippines -- Good tidings for unemployed Filipinos in the coming year: Thousands of job vacancies have just opened up at the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority.

Up to 4,000 positions are up for grabs at the MMDA as the agency seeks to fill up vacancies left by employees who opted for early retirement, MMDA Chair Bayani Fernando said Sunday.

Some 500 of the vacant posts are for traffic enforcers who will supplement the agency?s 2,000-strong traffic workforce, not including deputized enforcers employed by local governments, he added.

The MMDA is also looking for college graduates with degrees in mechanical engineering or architecture. Other positions available are operators of cranes and other heavy equipment, mechanics, welders, drivers, gardeners and carpenters.

According to Fernando, the prospective new hires are expected to perform tasks in line with the MMDA?s programs, including its ambitious ?Metro Gwapo? beautification project, among others.

Those interested in the traffic enforcer position should have two years of college education and a height of at least 5?4? for women and 5?6? for men, the MMDA chair said.

Fernando urged job seekers to apply for the positions as soon as possible to ensure sufficient manpower for the agency.

This year, 3,510 MMDA employees filed for early retirement, drastically reducing the 9,000-strong workforce. Their jobs ranged from office clerks to street sweepers and traffic aides.

Of those who opted to retire early, almost 2,000 have been issued ?stop working? notices since Oct. 31. The rest have been allowed to extend their term till Monday, the last day of the year.

The early retirement option was offered to MMDA employees in line with the government?s rationalization program.



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