Apr 26, 2019

ICYMI, the construction for the Makati Subway project started last December. It’ll be a 10-kilometer subway system that has 10 stops (stations) that will connect the central business district all the way to the second business district, and could potentially create around 10,000 new jobs by its completion. (Read: Brace for more traffic as Makati subway starts construction in December)

Yesterday, Makati mayor Abigail Binay announced that the city’s partner companies have agreed to allocate jobs to able-bodied senior citizens once the subway is completed.  “Just as what Japan has done, we want to keep our elderly residents productive while providing them with a steady source of income for their essential needs,” Binay said. According to Inquirer.net, possible jobs for the elderly include “customer service representatives, ushers/porters, platform attendants, administrative assistants, utility workers, liaison officers, and surveillance/security aides, among others.”

We hope these companies will stick to this when the construction is completed in five years. After watching shows like Grace & Frankie and learning about Japan’s shoplifting grannies who commit crime just so they could go to jail—where they are given shelter and food—we know how an ableist and ageist society isn’t friendly towards senior citizens.

 

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