House OKs bill lowering gov't retirement age in final reading

House OKs bill lowering gov't retirement age in final reading

The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading  a bill seeking to lower the optional retirement age of government workers from 60 years old to 56.

With 192 affirmative votes, zero negative votes, and no abstention, the Lower Chamber passed House Bill (HB) 5509, which seeks to amend Section 13(a) of Republic Act (RA) 8291, or the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Act of 1997.

One of the measures for the purpose of HB 5509, said a lower optional retirement age for government workers will allow them to enjoy a better quality of life as they are given their pension and retirement benefits at an earlier age.

Once the bill becomes a law, government workers who have reached the age of 56 years may already file for retirement and be entitled to an old-age pension for life from the GSIS.

France Castro, ACT Teachers Party-list Representative and principal author of the bill, said that retirement is one of the demands raised by public-school teachers during formal and informal consultations nationwide

“Respect and humane consideration demand that a person of 56 years—a few years shy of being a senior citizen—should not be required to perform the arduous functions expected of a public-school teacher in the Philippines. At such stage of their lives, public- school teachers should at least be given the choice if they wish to rest from the profession and enjoy better and healthy years ahead,” said Representative Castro.

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