MANILA—Manila Mayor Isko Moreno on Wednesday encouraged businesses in the city to prioritize Manileños when hiring new workers.
Moreno made the call during a forum with members of the Makati Business Club held at Times Plaza in Ermita, Manila.
Moreno said providing more jobs for Manileños would help to improve peace and order in the city.
“We can prevent criminals from rampaging our streets if people have decent jobs and decent pay,” Moreno told the Makati Business Club.
“Isa sa mga hiling ko sana, kung pwede lang, at least 70% of your employees are from the City of Manila. This will be our formula to solve peace and order issues. We should create jobs."
Moreno also assured that the city government will cleanse its ranks of corruption, particularly in the issuance of business permits and licenses.
“Business licenses and real-property taxes are one of the centers of corruption. To combat corruption, we will minimize human intervention by applying technology into our practices,” he said.
Moreno recently signed Executive Order No. 8 which mandates the creation of the Business One-Stop Shop (BOSS) in line with the local government’s plan to promote ease of doing business.