Bacolod Offers More Senior Job Opportunities vs. Iloilo

Bacolod City McDonalds mgr

My asawa and I recently visited Bacolod, the “City of Smiles” to celebrate my spouse’s upcoming birthday. During the course of our sojourn, I came to the conclusion that Bacolod offers more senior job opportunities vs. Iloilo, where we do the bulk of our shopping. In over five years of living in the Philippines I have never encountered anyone but young Pinays or Pinoys who held management positions in any of the major chains stores or franchise fast food outlets, such as McDonald’s, while in Iloilo City.

Bacolod City McDonald's mgr

 

Now I certainly have nothing against young people holding management positions but as an old geezer myself, I was happy to see the Bacolod McDonald’s manager at this outlet. That’s him in the picture above, standing next to a helpful trainee on the left, and “The Kano,” on his right.

The Filipina trainee was cleaning tables as we waited for our breakfast and I asked her what jeepney we could catch to the new Ayala Mall located outside of “The City of Smiles.” She gave me the necessary information and when I spied her boss behind the counter, I whispered to the cute Filipina: “Is that your manager? He’s kind of old, huh?” She smiled and assured me that the gentleman was indeed the boss. I explained to her that I was surprised to see an older person in charge because in Iloilo City we have never seen an older person in a management position.

Now the gentleman is by no means even close to my age, but I told him I was pleased to see someone of a more “mature”age in a management position.  He gladly posed for this picture and I requested the pretty pinay pose with us. He objected to the young lady being in the photo as she was not in a proper uniform being a trainee but after I advised him how helpful she had been, he allowed her to be in the photo with us. An extremely friendly man who warmly greeted my wife and I when we arrived for breakfast the next day.

 

mcdonalds in bacolod city

 

Back in August 2012, over two years ago, I did a post about age discrimination in the Philippines. Unfortunately, to my knowledge, despite a new proposed bill against age discrimination, co-sponsored by Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Pia Cayetano, nothing has changed regarding the rampant bias against the hiring of senior citizens in the archipelago.

Cayetano, in her own sponsorship speech, noted that age discrimination is one of the biggest barriers to employment in this country.

“And yet there is no law to prohibit it. There is none in our Labor Code and until recently, it was not even on the policy radar screen of the Department of Labor and Employment,” she added. (Source: philSTAR.com)

 

sm senior staff in bacolod

 

But at least some localities, such as Bacolod City, are taking matters into their own hands and making a difference. SM City in Bacolod, for example.

I was even more amazed when my asawa and I took a short jeepney ride to the Bacolod SM City and saw the SM Senior Citizen Staff on duty. I spoke to one of the gentlemen, a retired police officer, and expressed my opinion that Bacolod City is far more progressive than Iloilo, in regards to the employment of older people.

 

senior citizen in bacolod city

 

And a later walk through downtown Bacolod City also revealed that the city has its share of older vendors, also, as shown in the picture above featuring a lola, grandma, setting up shop on a sidewalk.  In my personal opinion and evidenced by the amount of seniors I witnessed employed at various outlets, Bacolod offers more senior job opportunities vs. Iloilo, which is certainly a step in the right direction as it applies to age discrimination in the Philippines. I sincerely hope that a bill can be passed on the national level, and if passed, be strictly enforced.

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Dave DeWall, “The Kano”, is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of “Philippines Plus”. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions. Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 17 years, “The Sainted Patient Wife”‘. The couple is based in Guimaras. They have no children but are the proud owners of eight puppies, including a Belgian Shepherd called “Killer”.

18 Comments

  1. Dave,
    Unfortunately Bacolad is the exception. I think seniors are more reliable and have a better work ethic in most cases. I really don’t think we will see it widespread during our lifetime because change does not come fast here.

    • I agree, Papa Duck. During visits to Cebu City, Manila, and of course, Iloilo, I have not seen one senior person employed as management at any of the major retail or fast food outlets here in the Philippines. It is a shame that Bacolod is the only exception I have found thus far.

      • Dave, I wonder if it has anything to do with all the young people living in university towns like Manila, Cebu and Iloilo. Perhaps there is a lower proportion of young people in Bacolod, so more jobs are available for older folks???

        • Well, Lance, if you look at the official census figures below, the median age in Bacolod is 25.6 years. In Iloilo, the median age is 26.2.
          I don’t why Bacolod has more mature workers in the major retail chains that we visited but it would be great if some of the other major cities in the Philippines would follow suit.

          Bacolod census figures: Of the 510,494 household population in 2010, females accounted for 50.8 percent while males comprised 49.2 percent. These figures resulted in a sex ratio of 97 males for every 100 females. In 2000, the recorded sex ratio was 95 males per 100 females.

          Median age increased to 25.6 years

          In 2010, the median age of the population of the city was 25.6 years, which means that half of the population was younger than 25.6 years. This is higher than the median age of 23.2 years that was recorded in 2000.

          Moreover, 29.1 percent of the household population were under 15 years old. Persons aged 15 to 19 years (10.3 percent) comprised the largest age group, followed by those in the age groups 0 to 4 years and 5 to 9 years (9.7 percent each). Males outnumbered females in the age groups 0 to 14 years and 30 to 34 years. On the other hand, there were more females than males in the age groups 15 to 29 years and 35 years and over.

          Iloilo census figures: Of the 421,976 household population in 2010, females accounted for 51.2 percent while males comprised 48.8 percent. These figures resulted in a sex ratio of 95 males for every 100 females, which is similar to the sex ratio recorded in 2000 (94 males per 100 females).

          Median age increased to 26.2 years

          In 2010, the median age of the population of the city was 26.2 years, which means that half of the population was younger than 26.2 years. This is higher than the median age of 24.0 years that was recorded in 2000.

          Moreover, 27.8 percent of the household population were under 15 years old. Persons aged 15 to 19 years and 20 to 24 years (10.1 percent each) comprised the largest age group, followed by those in the age groups 0 to 4 years and 5 to 9 years (9.3 percent each). Males outnumbered females in the age groups 0 to 14 years and 35 to 39 years. On the other hand, there were more females than males in the age groups 15 to 34 years and 40 years and over.

            • Yep, Dumaguete has a younger median age. Here are the stats: Median age increased to 23.2 years

              In 2010, the median age of the population of the province was 23.2 years, which means that half of the population was younger than 23.2 years. This is higher than the median age of 20.7 years that was recorded in 2000.

              Moreover, 33.5 percent of the household population were under 15 years old. Children aged 10 to 14 years (11.6 percent) comprised the largest age group, followed by those in the age groups 15 to 19 years (11.2 percent), 5 to 9 years (11.1 percent), and 0 to 4 years (10.7 percent). Males outnumbered females in the age groups 0 to 54 years. On the other hand, there were more females than males in the older age groups (55 years and over).
              Source:NSO

  2. Did they offer you a job at mcdos? It sounds like you what to find a job there now. There are many ways to replace the old ones even here in the us. I’m now out for 6or more weeks with my broken hip. It is now fixed but it will take time to get used to it. You don’t want to see my bill for it(nor my insurance co.)! Personal not to me do not fall on the driveway and land on your hip.

    • Nope, no job offer, Don M, but I would have made a great greeter at Walmart back in the States. I love to B.S. with the folks. Hope your hip gets better and you are right, I am sure I would not want to see your medical bills. Take care.

  3. Dave,

    For a culture that holds there elders is such high regards, I have always found it so odd that they put them out to pasture at 35-40 years old, I would think they would realize that maturity and experience count for so much more, rather than just young and a college degree.

    My wife experienced this, she is a registered nurse, but after about age 35 she was no able to find a nursing job there, so she rented and opened a pretty successful eatery, right across the street from a university, and gave room and board to some young ladies attending college, in exchange for working at her eatery a few hours a day. All of these girls she said could not afford to have gone to college without her and her families help. Her brothers each sponsored some of the girls all throughout there college years (by Filipino standards here family are pretty well off, and they share there success with others).

    I really do wish that the age discrimination there, would change . To only be able ,if your lucky, to be able to work for 15-20 years , and then no longer be employable is, pretty sad.

    So many things there that I dont think I will ever understand as to why they are the way they are, but then I guess most foreigners think that also at times, its all just the cultures I guess.

    How much is a quarter-pounder or Big-Mac now days?

    • Kudos to your wife, Bill S, for finding an alternative ways of making a living and for helping out those in need going to college.

      I cannot for the life of me understand why, as you say, a culture that esteems their elders, discriminates against them when it comes to job opportunities. And the vast majority of the young workers that are employed at the major chains, such as SM and Robinsons, are put on five month contracts, thus the big companies do not have to pay them the benefits of a regular employee. So not only is there age discrimination against older workers, there is a form of discrimination against the workers that do have a job.

      There are a multitude of things I do not understand, even after five years in “paradise,” but that’s what makes life interesting. A Big Mac combo meal, regular sized, it going for 130 pesos, I believe, in our area. About 3 US Dollars. Btw, thanks, Bill. I haven’t checked the exchange rate recently, and it’s looking good today. 1 USD=44.57 PHP. 🙂

      • The eatery was before I met her.

        130p, that is really cheap for an combo meal. I havent been to a McD’s for months, but I think the last time I was there, a Big Mac or a 1/4pounder sandwich alone was close to $4.00, and a meal was over $7.00 I think, but not sure. Have been wanting a cheeseburger recently, so may have to stop at one in the near future. I know a sandwhich, fries and med. drink at Arbys is getting close to $9.00, the prices here on everything have gone way up the last couple years especially, partly because of the big drought here.

        I havent checked the exchange rate either for quite some time, but its sounds a little better at 44.57p. Your welcome Dave, although I am not sure what your thanking for, but if its something good, I will take credit for it, hahaha.

        • Wow! Nine bucks for a meal at Arby’s, Bill S? That’s incredible. I don’t have any idea what prices are back in the States. Glad my Dad is picking me up at the airport in Vegas so I don’t have to pay for a cab. My Dad has put me up at one of the local casinos and hopefully will treat me to some “free” buffets he earned by playing the slots.

          Well, I haven’t checked the exchange for ages, Bill, but wanted to convert the price of a Big Mac meal here and that’s when I noticed the rate. It hasn’t been above 44 for quite a while. If you wouldn’t have asked me how much a meal costs at McDonald’s, I probably wouldn’t have looked at the rate.

  4. Nice shirt dave ,youre like lemmy from Motorhead!!nice article sir,if you had gone to Lopues dept store outlets (one branch just near to check inn pension) there are matured employees working also and lopues is one of the pioneer stores in bacolod since 1980’s,when at that time SM and Gaisano were not around yet.
    You look great and you lost some weight by the way:-)

    • Thanks much, Pantera. That’s one of my Max brand shirts from SM, they carry the larger sizes. Sorry we didn’t get to check out Lopues, we did go into one store right next to the Check Inn, but I don’t recall the name of it.

      Well, I’ve lost about 20 pounds and was feeling pretty good but had to return to the emergency room yesterday. Another kidney stone attack. The doc injected me with some pain meds and I was there for a couple of hours. Got a prescription for more pain medication and hopefully that will take care of the problem.

  5. Youll be ok Dave, with pain meds regularly & I think you are drinking more water,fruits and no fatty/salty foods since your previous attacks hopefully it will pass out in the urine,sad part is you have to cut the smbs,red horse & sodas for a while 🙁
    A once a month check up to the doctor would be a great help for updates 🙂

    • I’m doing better, Pantera, so far no pain. I’m drinking even more water but the doctor yesterday gave me the OK to have a san mig or two a week; guess that’s better than nothing. I am going to visit a urologist in Iloilo upon my return from the States. I have an expat friend that has recommended one very highly. Take care and thanks for your support.

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