IN this country where age discrimination is a reality, there’s now that urgent need to assist the elderly who still want to work.
After all, many job applicants who are in their 40s, 50s and 60s are more qualified than new entrants to the labor force.
That’s why concerned government offices and agencies ought to finalize the rules and regulations implementing Republic Act (RA) No. 10911.
Otherwise known as “an act prohibiting discrimination against any individual in employment on account of age,” the landmark measure lapsed into law last July 21, 2016.
“Age discrimination is a reality in the Philippines and most often, the age ceiling is 40 years old,” according to Rep. Emi Calixto-Rubiano.
Calixto-Rubiano, one of the principal authors of RA No. 10911, underscored the importance of implementing the law immediately.
“I am hoping that the implementing rules and regulations (IRRs) for this very important law will be immediately available…because that is the missing link right now,” she added.
The highly-articulate lady legislator said that in Hong Kong, where thousands of Filipinos work as domestic helpers, physically able senior citizens are given priority to work.
As a Christian and a democratic country, the Philippines should promote equal opportunities in employment for everyone on the basis of one’s ability, knowledge, skills and qualifications rather than his/her age.
Hopefully, other well-meaning government leaders will continue to protect the interest and welfare of the elderly in this country, which is teeming with jobless and underemployed college graduates.