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Roxas City to award oldest senior citizen

by A. Lumaque

Roxas City (28 September) -- The city government here through the Federation of Senior Citizens Associations of the Philippines (FSCAP) – Roxas City Chapter will award its oldest and able senior citizen in line with the senior citizens week celebration from October 1 to 7 this year.

The award will be conferred to 90-year old Conrado B. Bermudez of Elieta Street here "in recognition of being the oldest member of the Chapter having been born on August 15, 1910 and for his invaluable service to the government up to October 16, 1972."

Various activities for the week-long celebration will include motorcade caravan, mass, senior citizens program, health fair and legal consultation, and visitation to the Home for the Aged at Barangay Banica here, among others.

"The senior citizens are happy with the support of the city government to the upcoming senior citizens week," said Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) Head Romeo A. Arceño.

The theme of this year's celebration is "Ang Nakakatanda Tanglaw ng Kabataan at Lipunan."

In August, Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Esteban Evan Contreras II proposed in a privilege speech to create a provincial council for the elderly and Persons With Disabilities (PWD) to help uplift the rights and welfare of the senior citizens and disabled sectors.

Contreras also made two draft ordinances for the establishment of the councils.

The government also signed a United Nations (UN) agreement which shows the country's respect for the rights of persons with disabilities.

Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo said the signatories "engage themselves to develop and carry out policies, laws and administrative measures for securing the rights recognized in the convention, and abolish laws, regulations, customs and practices that constitute discrimination."

He stressed that the convention is not asking for any new rights for the disabled, nor asking for anything that they don't already enjoy, but only that "persons with disabilities enjoy the same opportunities in society that everybody else already enjoys." (PIA) [top]

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