On February 2, 2017, the Department of Labor and Employment of the Philippines issued Order No. 170 (Series 2017), which implemented rules and regulations on the “Anti-Age Discrimination in Employment Act.” The purpose of the order is to promote equal opportunities in employment for everyone. The goal is to have employers consider candidates based on abilities, knowledge, skills and qualifications, rather than age.
The department order will achieve these goals by prohibiting arbitrary age limitations in employment and promoting the rights of all employees to be treated equally in terms of compensation, benefits, promotion, training, and other employment opportunities. Under the order, it will be unlawful for an employer to:
The order also prohibits labor contractors, subcontractors and labor organizations from discriminating on the basis of age. The Rules of the order took effect 15 days after publication in a newspaper of general circulation.