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Caddies get a lift

February 14, 2020 - Friday 4:02 AM by MDM

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After what seemed an eternity, the golf caddie is getting what he rightfully deserves.

On February 10, 2020, the House committee on labor and employment chaired by Rep. Luisa Lloren Cuaresma (Lone district, Nueva Vizcaya) approved House Bill No. 1343 that seeks to mandate golf clubs to provide social security and welfare benefits to golf caddies and other related service workers.

Among other things, House Bill 1343, authored by Baguio City Rep. Mark Go seeks to provide coverage to golf caddies, to include: retirement benefits provided under the Social Security law, Social Security System, Pag-Ibig fund, and PhilHealth upon their accreditation by golf club managements.

The golf caddie is the individual who assists a golfer in carrying his or her gear and in providing insights and moral support in the duration of a golf event.

Not a few sports writers credit their understanding to the sports of golf to caddies.   
They are found in the 93 golf courses in the country, five of which are located in Davao City.

Two of the five, Apo Golf and Country Club and the Ranchos Palos Verdes Golf, are 18-holes golf courses. The first has been part of the Davao landscape for the past 50 years.

Part of the success of outstanding golfers is due to the quality of their caddies some of whom “grew up in the vicinity of golf courses.”

It is no secret that it is in golf courses that some important business deals are agreed upon and why golf tournaments often make up the tail-end of important business and trade conferences.

Other than the security and benefits that House Bill 1343 provides the caddie and other related workers, this piece of legislation elevates the status of a caddie to an important cog in golf course establishments.  It has long been overdue. This is a belated Christmas gift to the thousands of golf caddies and workers nationwide.