IT’S public knowledge that many retired government and private employees are still capable of working eight hours a day, six days a week.
In other words, there is certainly a need to foster the elderly Pinoy workers’ capacity for “a more meaningful and productive aging.”
This, the national government, through Congress, will do by raising the retirement age of workers in the government and private sector.
Pending the passage of a law raising the compulsory retirement age, the country’s employers would do well to hire more retired employees.
“Lalo na ‘yong mga sundalo at pulis. Kayang-kaya pa nilang magtrabaho dahil ang aga nilang mag-retiro sa serbisyo,” a former teacher said.
Under our laws, members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police are compulsory retired at the age of 56.
“Sayang naman kung hindi natin magamit ang expertise ng mga lingkod-bayan na ito para makatulong sa pag-unlad ng Pilipinas,” the teacher said.
And in the view of various quarters, concerned government offices and agencies ought to grant incentives to private firms hiring retired employees.
This is one way of encouraging private employers, from Batanes in the North to Sulu in impoverished Mindanao, to hire more retired workers.