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ACT Teachers solon to peers: Pass bill lowering optional retirement age to 56

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ACT Teachers party-list Rep. France Castro reiterated her call on Monday for the passage of the Lowering Optional Retirement Age to 56 Bill amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Makabayan solon said the measure was already passed on third and final reading on the part of the House of Representatives and is waiting for the concurrence of the Senate.

“Government employees dedicate twenty, thirty years of their lives in the service of the nation. It is high time that the government heed their clamor for the option to retire at an earlier age in order for them to enjoy their retirement benefits for as long as possible,” Castro said.

“Since the 16th Congress, we have been pushing for the enactment of the lowering of the optional retirement age of public school teachers,” she said.

“Now more than ever, we should be able to give government employees who would opt to retire early the option to do so,” she said.

“In our preparation for a new normal, there are public school teachers who have difficulty adopting in the online requirements of the blended learning modes of the Department of Education,” Castro said.

“There are also risks in leaving their houses to cater to the needs of their students in the proposed blended learning modalities of DepEd,” she added.

“This is why we should already swiftly enact lowering the optional retirement age so that those who would want to retire early may have the option to do so.”

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