Compulsory retirement age synchronization
SOMETHING that has raised quizzical eyebrows over the years is the DISPARATE compulsory retirement age (“CRA”) set for workers in government.
We are referring to APPOINTIVE government officials/employees, considering that no CRA is set for ELECTIVE public servants as well as those holding cabinet and/or consultancy positions.
The GSIS Act sets the CRA at 65.
On the other hand, governing laws/rules of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) peg the CRA of our men in uniform at 55.
The extreme is found in the Constitution where the retirement age for members of the Judiciary (Justices/Judges only and not their respective staff) is age 70.
In our system of laws, legislated benefits (predominantly monetary) await every public retiree.
They represent the ‘service premium’ stored for him, for his personal support and enjoyment for the rest of his post-service human existence.
The notion of retirement age is anchored on the philosophy that such is the point the public official concerned reaches the limit of his usefulness.
Beyond that is “diminishing” ROI for public service, albeit a well-deserved relaxation time for him.
Deliberations generations ago in the enactment of the GSIS law provide little convincing basis for pegging the CRA at age 65, except that our legislators at that time appeared to have been drawn to the then prevailing ‘study’ that life expectancy was only 37 years.
The veracity of that study was, even then, doubted.
But assuming there is a badge of logic, if not truth, in it, times have changed vastly.
Rapid breakthroughs/advan-ces in almost all fronts of human endeavor, especially in the fields of science/technology, medicine and healthcare services, have, over time, definitely stretched life’s perceived actuarial longevity to several notches longer.
Until now it is hazy to me why workers in other government offices are compulsorily retired at only age 65, and members of the bench are retired upon their reaching age 70, yet.
And even for those in the police and military service, age 55 appears to this space to be still too young as Compulsary Retirement Age. (TO BE CONTINUED)