Mobile app that connects on-demand workers targets to create one million job opportunities

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A NEW mobile application has been launched with the aim of creating a million job opportunities by 2022.

“This is the beginning of a journey for us to create equal opportunities and provide job opportunities to anyone who wants one. Our goal is to create 1 million job opportunities by 2022 in the Philippines,” said Shahab Shabibi, co-founder and CEO of Machine Ventures, a Manila-based company builder which operates the MyKuya mobile-based application & technology platform.

According to a statement on the launching, the MyKuya app “instantly matches consumers and businesses in need of help to the right service personnel to fulfill the task.”

The app aims to give Filipinos opportunities to work on demand as service personnel who carry out service requests by the app’s users.

“Consumers can simply download the MyKuya application and instantly connect with nearby helping hands who can then carry out their requests. The service price starts at P49 for every 30-minute interval,” the statement added.

“We have busy mothers who avail of our services to get additional help with tasks such as cleaning, shopping or even purchasing food. The length of tasks vary anywhere from 30-minutes to sometimes even 8 hours. We have employees that count on MyKuya to outsource a lot of tasks happening at their offices,” Catherine Castillo, MyKuya’s Head of Business Development, said in the statement.

“Learning from the ride sharing platforms like Uber, Grab and other TNVS which provided drivers an opportunity to work on-demand, we saw an even larger community of people who had even lesser means but wanted opportunities to learn, earn and grow,” Mr. Shabibi also said in the statement.

He noted as well: “(W)e looked at many OFWs who wish to come back but are not confident about having jobs here at home…. (The) Philippines is home to some of the greatest human capital in the world and we have the chance to uplift and upskill an entire nation.”

SMEs, start-ups and large corporations can also utilize MyKuya’s platform and tap into additional human capital as needed, the statement said. — Gillian M. Cortez