THERE’s a snowballing move in Congress to adjust the compulsory retirement age for the country’s uniformed men and women, including police and military personnel, from 56 to 60 years old.
Admittedly, the move, spearheaded by Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, is long overdue considering the need for more competent men and women to maintain peace and order across the country.
The tasks performed by personnel of the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Bureau of Fire Protection and Philippine Coast Guard require long years of training and experience.
Cayetano is confident that at age 56, these uniformed personnel can still fulfill the physical, mental and psychological demands and rigors of their position.
Although Cayetano is set to become the new secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), his colleagues in the Senate are expected to orchestrate the early passage of SB No. 1436.
Under existing laws, civilian government employees are compulsory retired at the age of 65, while the retirement age for uniformed personnel is pegged at 56, according to Senator Cayetano.
“Recognizing their indispensable role as protectors of the State and its citizens, the government has heavily invested in the training and development of the officers and members of these agencies,” he said.
We agree with Cayetano that there’s that urgent need to maximize their years of experience and wealth of knowledge, harness their leadership skills and professional competence until the age of 60.
Thus, we cannot overemphasize the importance of hastening the approval of Cayetano’s bill, which seeks to adjust the retirement age for cops, soldiers, jail guards, firefighters and coast guard personnel.
Without doubt, Congress is on the right path in working for the adjustment of the compulsory retirement age for our men and women in uniform.