BIZ BUZZ: A surprise ABS-CBN performance
It’s often said you can’t keep a good man down. As it turns out, the saying is also an apt way to describe the story of ABS-CBN Corp.
Struck by a political vendetta, the loss of both its franchise and thousands of employees, the network at first limped forward before gradually finding its footing. Today, it is again leading the marathon race that is primetime television.
Its latest hit series, FPJ’s Batang Quiapo, stunned competitors during the recent pilot showing when it won ratings for the evening despite having limited reach.
Mostly out of necessity, the franchise-less ABS-CBN saw its business model pivot to that of a “storyteller” or provider of content, which was—or still is—one of the Lopez-led company’s core strengths.
Its expanding list of partnerships is evidence of a strategy that is paying off. Just how large the financial impact remains to be seen. But some of our knowledgeable sources are keeping fingers crossed the company might pull off a surprise this year when the final numbers are tallied. Stay tuned.
—Miguel R. Camus
KFC’s part-time senior citizens
Are you a senior citizen or you know one who is looking for a part-time job? If yes, then consider working for the Philippine unit of global, fried chicken-centered fast food chain KFC, which is offering part-time jobs for seniors ready and willing to work a few hours in branches in central and northern Luzon.
KFC is specifically looking for part-time senior citizens for branches in Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Pangasinan, Bataan, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Benguet, Isabela and Nueva Ecija.
Interested individuals will undergo screening, interviews and orientation before they get to be assigned to selected KFC branches. They will be assigned more front-of-the-house tasks that they can easily handle.
KFC Philippines said it takes pride not just in its freshly prepared meals and tight quality control but also in building “a diverse and inclusive workplace, where a mix of generations are fired up to work together in serving the most finger-lickin’ good food.”
Hiring senior citizens is just part of KFC Philippines’ efforts to provide equal employment opportunities to all age groups. Earlier, it opened hiring opportunities to qualified housewives and househusbands looking to earn additional income.
As of the latest count, KFC employed 64 staff members aged 41 to 77 who help out during the peak hours. They work at least two hours a day depending on how frantic a store’s operations can be.
—Tina Arceo-Dumlao INQ
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