From the Midwest redneck author of "The Rooster Crows at 4am!," "Lizard Poop!," and "The Philippines Expat Advisor"
Age Discrimination Hiring Practices in the Philippines
An old geezer (aka "old fart," borrowing Papa Duck's terminology) like me, at the age of 60, would have about as much chance as getting a job in the Philippines as that 55-year-old grandma that tried out for the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders this past May. Brothers and Sisters, it just ain't going to happen.
My Dad is 80 years old. He's still working a part-time job in Las Vegas along with his 60-something "girlfriend." Seniors abound at McDonald's, Walmart, Target Stores and a host of other business establishments back in the States. You cannot get hired at SM Department Stores in the Philippines unless you're between the ages of 18-25. I was told by a Jollibee's employee that they cannot be over 22.
So when I read a recent article in The Daily Guardian regarding a statute, the Anti Age Discrimination in Job Hiring Ordinance, authored by Iloilo City Councilor David C. Jamora, I was quite surprised. Age discrimination in the Philippines is rampant. The mandate, passed in Iloilo City, requires companies to accept the applications of older people for jobs whose essential functions they are able to perform.
"Applicants should be judged not on their age, but on their capacity to perform the job they are applying for, " Councilor Jamora stated. As an old geezer, Mr. Jamora, I completely agree with you. I'm not looking for a job but I'm happy to hear that someone is at least addressing this age discrimination issue in the Philippines.
According to a May 04, 2012 report in the Iloilo News Today,com., violators of the ordinance face the following penalties: warning for the first offense, P1,000 fine for the second offense, P3,000 fine for the third offense. A fine of P5,000 or cancelation of business permits is the penalty for the fourth offense. The Public Employment Services Office (PESO) is in charge of enforcing the order.
The article also stated that still pending at the national committee level is the proposed Senate Bill 2652 or the "Anti-Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 2011" sponsored by Senator Pia Cayetano. This proposed legislation would seek to prevent employers from hiring or dismissing workers and job applicants based on their age.
Has this new ordinance in Iloilo City had any impact? I still see the same young ladies and guys at the SM Department Stores greeting all the customers with a chipper "Good morning, sir! Good morning ma'am!" at three o'clock in the afternoon.
There are a few business outlets at our local SM City where I have discovered workers that I believe may be over 40 years of age. One employee at the PhilPost office I frequent is an older gentleman. I've noticed one or two sales ladies hawking homes and lots for Camella Homes that are older, but that's about it.
I have seen some older jeepney drivers (who may also be the jeepney's owner) but you would be hard-pressed to find a large contingent of any older workers in the Philippines. Age discrimination hiring practices in the Philippines will doubtless continue. I personally don't see it ending anytime soon.