Parish finds job for over 50 parishioners

Parish finds job for over 50 parishioners
Fr. Uldarico “Dari” Dioquino, assistant parish priest of the Immaculate Concepcion parish in Marikina, with parishioners ELLEN PECO

MANILA – A parish in Marikina has helped more than 50 parishioners from different communities find jobs in the last 3 months, a priest said on Monday.

According to Fr. Uldarico “Dari” Dioquino, assistant parish priest, the Immaculate Concepcion parish has helped over 50 people get employed in and outside Marikina from June to September.

“This is part of our program of mitigating poverty across the parish, especially in the depressed communities,” he said.

Decent jobs

One parishioner was hired in Malaysia as a domestic helper, he pointed out. Others were hired in a business process outsourcing (BPO) company as call center agents and in different establishments as office staff.

The parish serves as a recruitment agency for parishioners who are seeking jobs, said Dioquino, who was formerly in charge of Kanlungan ni Maria, a home for the aged in Antipolo.

“But unlike the mainstream recruitment agencies we do no charge the job applicants,” he noted. “We connect them to people who generate and offer jobs.”

Mitigating risk

Open to job-seeking parishioners, the parish connects them to key people and organizations.

“We are hoping to help more people get employed here and abroad,” he said.

The program was also conceptualized to mitigate the risk of drug use among young people due to unemployment, lack of clear direction in life, family problems, and hopelessness, he said. CBCPNews