Private companies, hinimok ni Villanueva na mag-hire ng senior citizens

Private companies, hinimok ni Villanueva na mag-hire ng senior citizens

July 28, 2022 @ 3:20 PM 3 weeks ago

MANILA, Philippines- Hinimok ni Majority Leader Joel Villanueva ang pribadong kompanya na mangalap ng senior citizens upang mabigyan ng opurtunidad ang matatanda na maging produktibo.

Sa pahayag, sinabi ni Villanueva na naghain ito ng panukalang magpapalawak at magbibigay ng pantay na oportunidad sa trabaho para sa senior citizens at hikayatin ang pribadong kompanya na mangalap ng matatanda.

“There is a need to provide opportunities for our senior citizens who are still able and willing to obtain gainful employment and wish to continue to become economically active and productive during their golden years,” ayon kay Villanueva.

“This bill will further support and promote equal work opportunities for our senior citizens,” dagdag ni Villanueva.

Aniya, aamendahan ng Senate Bill No. 360 ang Republic Act No. 9994, o maas kilala bilang Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010, na inaatasan ang Department of Labor and Employment na magbigay ng matching and employment facilitation services sa senior citizens.

Itinakda din ng panukala ang mga sumusunod: “Increases the allowable deduction from gross income of private entities that will employ senior citizens as employees from 15 percent to 25 percent of the total amount paid as salaries and wages, as well as trainings provided to senior citizens, in accordance with Section 34 of the National Internal Revenue Code; removes the provision that the annual income of the senior citizen should not exceed the latest poverty threshold, to encourage employers to hire senior citizens from all walks of life, as long as they are able, willing and qualified to do the job.”

“The bill also provides waiving of fees and charges from a senior citizen jobseeker if such fee or charge is paid in connection with the application for and the granting of licenses, proofs of identification, clearances, certificates, or other documents usually required in the course of employment; and allowing employers the flexibility to grant greater benefits or improve the working conditions and terms of employment of senior citizens beyond the minimum requirements provided under applicable laws,” ayon kay Villanueva.

“Given the foregoing, this bill will contribute to the benefits of millions of senior citizens who wish to remain economically active and productive,” paliwanag pa ni Villanueva.

Base sa pinakahuling datos mula sa Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) sa total population by age group, nitong 2015, umabot sa 7,548,769 Filipinos ang may edad na 60 taong gulang pataas habang 4,787,586 Filipinos ang may edad 65 taong gulang o higit pa na kumakatawan sa 7.5 percent at 4.7 percent kabuuang populasyon ng bansa na aabot sa 100,981,437 katao ayon sa pagkakasunod-sunod.

“The Philippine Institute for Developmental Studies (PIDS) noted that the Philippines will “join the ranks of countries with aging population” by 2032 (or at least 7 percent of the population is aged 65 or above) and “eventually become an aged society” by 2069 (or at least 14 percent of the population is aged 65 or above).

Nonetheless, in 2015, PSA data show that among the senior citizens, 42.1 percent or 3.17 million are still gainful workers, with 1.19 million who are skilled agricultural, forestry, and fishery workers (37.7percent), 499,000 as workers engaged in elementary occupations (15.8 percent), and 427,000 as managers (13.5 percent),” paliwanag pa ni Villanueva. Ernie Reyes