MANILA (DWDD) – The bill “AN ACT ADJUSTING THE COMPULSARY RETIREMENT AGE FOR OFFICERS AND ENLISTED MEN OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES, MEMBERS OF THE PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE, BUREAU OF FIRE PROTECTION AND THE BUREAU OF JAIL MANAGEMENT AND PENOLOGY, AND OFFICERS AND NON-OFFICERS OF THE PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD, TO SIXTY, AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE SECTION 39 OF REPUBLIC ACT NO. 6975, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE “DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT OF 1990”; SECTION 5 OF PRESIDENTIAL DECREE NO. 1638 ENTITLED “ESTABLISHING A NEW SYSTEM OF RETIREMENT AND SEPARATION FOR MILITARY PERSONNEL OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES”, AS AMENDED; AND SECTION 17 OF REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9993, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE “PHILIPPINES COAST GUARD LAW OF 2009” aims to adjust the compulsory retirement age for officers and enlisted men of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), members of the Philippine National Police (PNP), uniformed officers and non-officers of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and members/officers of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and the Bureau of jail Management and Penology (BjMP), from 56 to 60 years old. 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. In light of recent scientific and technological advances and studies pointing to increased life expectancy rates, it is time that we revisit the statutorily-prescribed retirement age for our protectors.
Members of the AFP, PNP, PCG, BFP and BJMP, currently have a retirement age of fifty-six (56), which sets them apart from civilian government employees who are compulsorily retired at age sixty-five (65). At the age of 56, they can still fulfill the physical, mental and psychological demands and rigors of their position. They can still maximize their years of experience and wealth of knowledge, harness their leadership skills, and lend their professional competence until the age of sixty (60) or even sicty-five (65).
According to Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, the education, trainings, and professional development of the members of the AFP, PNP, PCG, BFP and BjMP were heavily subsidized by the government. Given recent scientific and technological advances, most people aged more than sixty years old are still capable of sharing their knowledge and expertise, thereby contributing to the development of the next generation of officers.
In the intensive campaign against illegal drugs, crime, and corruption. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has called on the active participation of the uniformed men and women. The tremendous number of drug users and surrenderees, and the need to further step up the campaign would require the leadership of officers who are more senior and experienced. Additional years in service would also allow these officers the chance to both serve their country more during these times of changes and reforms and opportunities of career advancement. SENATE / MCAG