February 13, 2017
Statement welcoming the IRR of RA 10911
By House Deputy Speaker Pia S. Cayetano
Principal Author, Anti-Age Discrimination in Employment Act
I laud the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for issuing the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 10911, the Anti-Age Discrimination in Employment Act. I was the principal author and sponsor in the Senate of this measure which Congress passed last year. I crafted this law after months of interviews with workers, and also after consulting with groups of employers and human resource managers. The bill also underwent a series of revisions as a result of the debates on the floor.
I was delighted to hear from Sec. Bello himself during his recent visit to the House of Representatives that the much-awaited implementing rules were about to be issued. And so let us make this clear: Not only is age discrimination in the workplace immoral and unjust, it is now also illegal.
With the implementing rules in place, I am hopeful that questions on how the law should be applied will be addressed fairly and with expediency. But much still needs to be done to educate our people on why the practice of imposing an age limit has to stop. The practice has become so rampant even if in most cases, age has absolutely no bearing on one’s skills and competence, to the point that it had reached an absurd level where those in such a productive age bracket were being discriminated
This discriminatory practice has also had a huge impact on women workers, particularly those who chose to leave the work force to raise their children first. A few years later, they would find out that they can’t land a job simply because they are a few years older for available job openings. This practice has also prevented many OFWs from returning home because they could not find work as they are “over the age limit” set by local employers for new hires.
I urge the cooperation of our employers, labor contractors/subcontractors, labor organizations, job fair organizers, publishers and the media on this new law. Most importantly, we need to raise awareness among workers and job applicants, whose rights and welfare this law seeks to protect.
Just like in love, age in employment should not matter. Please consider this IRR as the Duterte government’s Valentine’s Day gift for our workers. #