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Have you ever
experienced seeing a job vacancy in the classified ads and realizing it
would be a perfect fit for you only to see the age requirements required
by the company? We believe that this is a discriminatory practice that
should be prohibited by law, as is already being done in other
Returning OFWs experience age discrimination in their attempts to try
to rejoin the mainstream workforce after being away for so long.
Regardless of their exposure to new and better technology or having a
work ethic honed by the competitive environment overseas, many of these
workers are discriminated against for not meeting the age-specific
requirements of hiring companies.
The economic burden of providing for the entire family has shifted to
young workers because of an extreme bias in the private sector in
hiring job applicants from 30 years old and above. This deters the
principle of inclusive growth, and leads more people to the path of
migration because they can't even get a foot in the door for job
interviews not because they are not qualified, but because they are not
of a certain age. We are talking here of jobs that should not be
age-specific - from messengers to marketing agents and even managerial
Sen. Pia Cayetano has a pending bill in the Senate, and so does Rep.
Edwin Olivarez but it has not even reached the hearing stage. Meanwhile,
unemployment and underemployment rates continue to rise, and at least
3,000-4,000 Filipinos leave the country daily to work abroad.
Over 30 countries around the world have an anti-age discrimination
law or policy in place, according to the International Labor
Organization. Australia even has an office created to monitor and stop
age discrimination. Here in the Philippines, age discrimination is the
800-pound gorilla in the workplace that no one talks about but thousands
of job applicants and employees experience everyday.
We appeal to members of Congress to give full priority to pending
measures against age discrimination. Unless we address this problem,
inclusive growth will be as elusive as ever. Also, the principles of
fair employment practices must be pushed by the State because leaving
such to the conscience of employers will result in haphazard application
of labor standards nationwide.