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Early retirement

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IF the authorities want to enhance productivity and improve efficiency in government offices and agencies, then they should lower the retirement age of public servants as proposed by a member of the House of Representatives.
   
At present, only the officers and men of the powerful Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) retire at the age of 56, while the other government-employed personnel retire at the age of 60.
   
We share the view of Albay Rep. Edcel “Grex” Lagman, author of House Bill (HB) No. 2253, that lowering the mandatory retirement age of public servants from 60 to 55 years old is, without doubt, a move in the right direction.
   
Under the proposed law, those in the government for at least 15 cumulative years and have reached the age of 55 may avail themselves of the retirement benefits from the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).
   
Lagman said he filed the bill because of his genuine concern for the interest and welfare of the elderly, particularly those already experiencing health problems like hypertension, rheumatism, diabetes and asthma.
   
“I would like to think that it is more favorable to retire early and appreciate old age while doing the things you love rather than reporting for work everyday worrying about your health,” said the articulate Bicolano legislator.
   
Lagman emphasized, however, the need for concerned government authorities, through the GSIS which handles the pension plan for state-employed employees, to offer a decent retirement package for our workers.
   
Certainly, the wholesale retirement of 55-year-old public servants will enable government offices and agencies to recruit younger men and women at a time when more and more people are jobless. 
   
Note that many jobless and underemployed Filipinos, including college graduates,  are already highly excited over the prospects of finally joining the government service with the filing of HB No. 2253 in the Lower Chamber of Congress.
   
We, thus, urge our lawmakers -- senators and congressmen --  to speed up the passage of the proposed measure if we are to enhance productivity and improve efficiency in the government service.