Detained Senator Leila de Lima has filed a bill seeking to raise the compulsory age of retirement for officers and non-officers of the Philippine National Police (PNP) from 56 years old to 60 years.
De Lima, in filing Senate Bill No. 1899 or an Act Increasing the Compulsory Age of Retirement for PNP officers and non-officers, said that officers and personnel of the PNP are often considered “too young” to retire at a compulsory retirement age of 56,
This is more evident especially when taking into consideration the relatively short terms of those who were appointed to the highest rank in the service, she said.
“This proposed amendment will enable the law to be dynamic and responsive to change – especially because the educational requirement in the Philippines was significantly affected by the K-12 program,” de Lima said.
“It, likewise, takes into consideration changes in life expectancy and years of healthy living, as well as the ability and desire of the members of the police force to work longer,” she added.
De Lima pointed to the case of former PNP Chief Gen. Camilo Cascolan as an example. The senator noted Cascolan only served for roughly two months following his appointment on September 2.
Cascolan left the organization last Nov. 10 after reaching the retirement age of 56. National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Debold Sinas succeeded him as PNP chief.
“Indeed, this stint for a PNP Chief is too brief a time to ensure continuity in PNP’s programs and develop a working relationship with one’s subordinates,” she said.
De Lima said adjusting the retirement age of these police officers would greatly benefit the country and the institution as these experienced officers can share their expertise and training they have accumulated over the years to their juniors.
“In prematurely ending the careers of the police force with a 56-year-old retirement age, the younger generation of police men and women are deprived of mentoring opportunities by their seniors who still possess sharpness of mind, high level of fitness, agility and strength of body,” she said.
The measure, she said, could also yield some sort of savings for the government. “By increasing the age of compulsory retirement, the government may save money by not paying retirement benefits so early,” De Lima said.