Promote diversity, inclusion in the workplace

Promote diversity, inclusion in the workplace
Statement on RA 10911
By Rep. Pia S. Cayetano
Taguig City, 2nd District
August 1, 2016

I am elated that the bill I pushed and worked for during my last term in the Senate has now become a law.

I first filed the bill prohibiting age discrimination in the workplace after the practice was brought to my attention in 2010 by a woman who was only in her 30s, but could no longer find a job.

I have also met former OFWs as young as 30 who find it difficult to land local employment because many employers prefer ‘younger’ hires.

What particularly struck me was the fact that many of those marginalized by this practice were mothers who had either left the workforce to care for their children, or parents who have gone abroad to work but could not get a job upon returning to our country.

I also wish to emphasize that this landmark legislation promotes diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Even as we await the law’s implementing rules, I urge employers, job fair organizers and publishers of job ads to start doing away with age bias and discrimination. Let us work towards promoting equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. #

Note: Congresswoman and former senator Pia Cayetano was the principal author in the Senate of the Anti-Age Discrimination in Employment Act, which became Republic Act No. 10911 last July 21.

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