Benguet mentors back lowering of teacher retirement age

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The teachers in this province strongly support the proposed lowering of the mandatory retirement age of public school teachers from 65 to 60 years old and optional retirement age from 60 to 55 years old.

During the 3rd Benguet Teachers’ Day celebration last September 29, the National Association of Public Secondary School Heads, Inc. (NAPPSHI)-Benguet Chapter launched a signature campaign for the said cause.

“More or less 2,500 teachers responded to our signature campaign,” said NAPSSHI-Benguet Chapter President Wilbert H. Cuidno, who is currently the school principal of Benguet National High School-Main campus.

He explained that the NAPSSHI-Benguet Chapter will attach the signed copy of the signature campaign with a resolution to Benguet Representative Ronald M. Cosalan.

“We will draft a resolution to be submitted to Congressman Ronald Cosalan for his reference at the House of Representatives,” added Cuidno.

He emphasized that teaching is rigorous job to handle for a teacher who is beyond 55 years old.

Meanwhile, in the year 2016 during a session of the seventeenth congress, Senator Francis G. Escudero filed Senate Bill 89 that lowers the retirement age of the Department of Education employees from 65 to 60 years old.

Prior to this, the committee level in the House of Representatives approved in 2015,  House Bill 4501, which seeks for the lowering of the mandatory retirement age  of public school teachers from 65 to 60 years old and optional retirement age from 60 to 55 years old.

In the same year, ACT Party-list Representative Antonio L. Tinio filed House Bill 5533 which also seeks for the lowering of public school teachers retirement age.

“The lowering of teachers’ retirement age means enjoyment of remaining years outside classroom setting,” said Janet S. Cabael, a teacher at La Trinidad National High School, Lubas, La Trinidad.

By Augustin Dao-anis

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