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Brgy health worker's retirement age now 65

Philippine Information Agency
12 Sep 2019, 18:38 GMT+10

DAVAO CITY Sept. 11 (PIA) -Barangay Health Workers in Davao City can now mandatorily retire at the age of 65 and have the option to end their employment by the age of 60.

This was the gist of the ordinance passed on the third and final reading by Councilor Joselle Villafuerte, chair of the City Council Committee on Health during the 10th session of the 19th City Council of Davao in Tuesday's session.

The ordinance is also known as Ordinance Granting Retirement and Other Benefits to all Qualified Barangay Health Workers and Barangay Nutrition Scholars in Davao City.

Villafuerte pointed out that barangay health workers are still strong even if they reach the optional retirement age of 60 and can render services to the community even up to the age of 65.

Earlier, she said it is counterproductive to remove the BHWs at the age of 60, since the city spends a big sum of money in training BHWs.

"Section III Article 13 of the 1987 Constitution declares that the state shall give full protection of labor, promote full employment and equality of opportunities for all, and the recently passed Republic Act 10911 or An Act prohibiting discrimination against any individual in employment on account of age, states that it is unlawful to impose early retirement," Villafuerte stressed.

She said this criterion must be corrected.

Villafuerte said BHWs must continue to render service especially if she remains healthy.

"Let us allow our BHWs to enjoy what other government employees enjoy like an option to voluntarily retire at the age of 60 and to render work up to the mandatory age of retirement." She said the BHWs are the frontline of the health sector who disseminate information on all programs of the health department going from one house to another, especially in far-flung barangays where there are cellular phones or internet services.

"They assist the district health offices in implementing all health programs funded by the government," Villafuerte said.

In an effort by the local government to standardize the benefits given to the barangay health workers, she studied the BHW Act and its implementing guidelines.

Villafuerte said she was led to the list of criteria, particularly the removing or termination of the services of a barangay health worker.

"Section III Article 13 of the 1987 Constitution declares that the state shall give full protection of labor, promote full employment and equality of opportunities for all, and the recently passed Republic Act 10911 or An Act prohibiting discrimination against any individual in employment on account of age, states that it is unlawful to impose early retirement," Villafuerte stressed. (PIA XI-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

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