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Reelectionist senator Sonny Angara is pushing for a lower optional retirement age for public school teachers.

Angara said the optional retirement age of public school teachers should be lowered from 60 to 55 years old.

“The country does face a perennial shortage of teachers, but respect and humane consideration for our hardworking educators should prompt policymakers and legislators to at least lower the optional retirement age from today’s 60 years old to 55 years old,” he said.

Angara, who is running under the platform “Alagang Angara,” has been pushing for wide-ranging reforms to improve the quality of life of public school teachers in a bid to achieve a better quality of education in the country.

He said being the child of a teacher — his father, the late Sen. Edgardo J. Angara, was a former president of the University of the Philippines — he knows the travails and sacrifices of teachers.

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