House panel approves the bill creating a job training program for workers aged 40 and above.
House Committee on Labor and Employment approves the bills for workers over 40 and above who are unemployed, with limited needs, and lack formal schooling. The bill establishes a job training program enabling the workers to have better job opportunities.
The bill will be consolidated before it goes to the House of plenary for further discussion and consideration. It was filed by Cagayan De Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, Manila Rep. John Marvin Nieto, Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte, and Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas.
Nieto said that workers aged 40 and above can remain employable, should they've been given a chance to learn the new skills needed in the competitive job market.
"Walang diskriminasyon basta dedikado sa tungkulin," he said.
[Translation: No discrimination as long as they are dedicated to their responsibilities.]
Employers Confederation of the Philippines chairman Edgardo Lacson said that the increased number of skilled older workers could make it more difficult for younger workers to find jobs. Therefore he suggested that a cap on the age of older workers who will be eligible for skills training be added to the bill.
"If we train... 40 years old is okay. But training retirees who have already retired because there's no cap in the older age, they will be competing against the unemployed youth," Lacson said.
Camarines Sur Rep. Villafuerte however, refuted Lacson's suggestion, saying that an age limit is unnecessary since it will be the training agency that will set requirements for accepting applicants who are aged 40 and older.
"It is the discretion of the person applying and secondly, the agency," Villafuerte said.
He added, "A 50-year-old na malakas [who is strong] or 55-year-old who has retired can be tapped because sometimes, we need their experience and knowledge and they just need skills training para makakuha ng trabaho [to get a job]."