By Hannah Torregoza
Former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino on Sunday expressed his belief that workers who have retired should still be allowed to work even if they have reached retirement age.
Tolentino offered this suggestion when asked about his views on contractualization during the Harapan 2019, the ABS-CBN Senatorial Town Hall Debates.
“Ang gusto ko mangyari, yung mga senior citizens natin, mga retirees, at 56 to 60 years old, makapag trabaho ulit, tanggapin sa labor force, (what I wish to happen is that our senior citizens, those retirees aged 56 to 60 years old would be allowed to work again, back in the labor force),” Tolentino said.
Tolentino said he would pursue such legislation should he win in the upcoming May 2019 midterm elections. He ran for senator in the May 2016 elections but failed to enter the “Magic 12.” Tolentino, who landed in the 13th spot, filed an electoral protest against Sen. Leila de Lima who won the 12th Senate seat.
The former MMDA chief, who also secured President Rodrigo Duterte’s backing, said he would also pursue amendments to the Labor Code should he win a Senate seat in the 18th Congress.
“We need to change the Labor Code of the Philippines, and also change the appropriate civil service regulations,” he said.
Tolentino also said he strongly supports the Security of Tenure bill which President Duterte has certified as urgent. However, the bill remains pending in the Senate.
He also cited the need to strengthen the industrial and manufacturing sectors in order to generate more jobs for Filipinos.
“We need about three to four million jobs in the span of five years before we can reach the newly-industrialized status,” he said. #MatalinongBoto2019