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Pass a law to ban age discrimination in the workplace.

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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 countries.

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 positions.

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.

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