By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
The Marikina City government hired 206 Marikina street cleaning volunteers as project-based employees of the City Environmental Management Office (CEMO), Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro said.
Teodoro met with some of the volunteers at the CEMO conference room on Wednesday to sign their contracts as new CEMO employees tasked to ensure the cleanliness of the city.
“We really worked it out to allocate budget for their employment so that they can earn money, and not only receive an allowance,” Teodoro said in a press release.
“If before, they render four hours of volunteer work, now they will be have a regular eight-hour duty for them to qualify for minimum wage. Before, they only receive around P4,000 allowance every month,” he added.
It was learned that most of the volunteers have been working as street cleaners since 2005.
Teodoro said the new CEMO employees will undergo a skill test to assess their performance. He said they will also have to write an essay on how they could help Marikina, and why they love the city.
He added that they will also be required to attend financial literacy seminars for them to effectively manage their finances.
The mayor reminded them to always love and take care of the city.
“Marikina is known for what? We are known for our cleanliness and that is because of our street cleaning volunteers that work tirelessly,” Teodoro told them.