TALISAY City Mayor Johnny De los Reyes plans to hire displaced job-order workers in City Hall to work as “promodizers” for his company.
Following the advice of the Commission on Audit (COA) to decrease the City’s number of job-order employees (JOs), De los Reyes said that City Hall will reduce the number of JOs from 1,600 to 1,200, leaving 300 to 400 workers jobless.
But de los Reyes assured those who would be displaced will not remain jobless for long.
De los Reyes told Sun.Star Cebu he plans to hire the displaced workers to work for his company, JVR Industries.
He said he will give them work in his company as promodizers for two of his products, Venth Fungal Solution and Canker Sore Drops.
Before De los Reyes became a city mayor, he was a businessman and an inventor.
De los Reyes said that while he is willing to comply with COA’s directive, he doesn’t want his workers to starve.
u201cKaning mga job-order mura ni silag langgam nga nawagtangan og katungtongan. Igo lang ko nihatag og katungtongan nila (I’m just trying to help them),” de los Reyes said.
He said a promodizer in his company earns P960 a day in commissions by selling packs of his two products or by advertising them on the street.
He said he hopes to kill two birds with one stone in this move.
He said that in order to help his promodizers, he is willing to provide them with free transportation and meals daily.
De los Reyes said no City funds will be used.
Earlier this year, the Talisay City Government implemented austerity measures by deducting the number of job-order workers in the city following COA recommendations.