PHILIPPINE National Police officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa said he is in favor of raising the PNP retirement age from 56 to 58-60 years old but the rule should benefit younger police officers.
“Probably it (PNP retirement age) can go to 58. Puwede naman kahit hanggang 60,” Gamboa, a lawyer-member of Philippine Military Academy “Sinagtala”Class of 1986, said in during radio DzMM interview.
Gamboa explained that the PNP retirement age was set back when the PNP Academy accepted 17-year-old high school graduates as applicants.
However, the K-12 program of the government added two more years to the basic education curriculum so high school graduates are now around 19 years old.
The official noted that he wanted the retirement age raised after he retires on September next year because by that time, he would have already served 38 “very exhausting” years in the government.
President Rodrigo Duterte previously aired his intention to change the compulsory retirement age of members of the PNP and the Armed Forces, saying the soldiers and other uniformed personnel who mandatorily retire at age 56 are still “too young” to leave the government service.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana also favored a bill that would extend the service of those occupying high and sensitive positions such as area commands, service chiefs and the Chief of Staff of the AFP to as much as 65 years old which is actually the retirement age of government workers except uniformed members of the PNP and the AFP.