March 20, 2015
PILI, CAMARINES SUR -While the mandatory age for retirement for most government personnel is 65, for military personnel it is 56. But what is interesting is that, the Philippine Army prepares its retiring or separating personnel for a smooth transition to civilian life via its “Transition Assistance Program.” Retiring personnel are made to attend a business/livelihood seminar and training where livelihood or business opportunities are presented which they could consider to venture into after retiring from active service. This is to provide them additional source of income other than merely relying on their monthly pensions. Also, being engaged in a productive endeavour will boost their morale and give them a sense of pride as they mainstream into civilian life.