NorthCot employees back early retirement bill

HB 3032 was introduced and authored by Bernardo F. Piñol Jr. of the province's 2nd congressional district.

A declaration of support signed by some 300 employees urged both chambers of Congress for the immediate passage and approval of the bill.

The provincial employees pointed out that the measure will place government civilian employees equal with the retirement privileges enjoyed by the uniformed service, which mandates 56 as age of retirement.

Piñol said this would also conform to the constitutional principle of equal opportunity and protection clause which might have been ignored or even violated by present statutes.

The bill, he said, is consistent with the spirit of the Senior Citizens Law, or RA 7432, which recognizes the diminishing capacity to earn for people over the age of 60.

Piñol noted that the present environmental conditions place more risks and stress on the health, both physical and mental, of the civil servants, especially those who reach 60.

The solon said that once public servants reach the present retirement age of 65, they could no longer fully enjoy whatever gratuity given by the state as any benefits are barely enough for their medical needs.

Piñol also believes that a younger turnover of government personnel through retirement shall ensure a more vital and vibrant bureaucracy.

Piñol launched a signature campaign in other government agencies, including local government units in his congressional district, asking for support to his bill. (MindaNews)