September as Month of Elderly honors RP's 4.3-M seniors
Tacloban City (September 12) -- The country's elderly has no reason to feel that they are neglected citizens of the country.
For one, September has been declared "Month of the Elderly" to give honor and recognition to the country's 4.3-million 60-year-olds and above, who are certainly touched by the government action.
The welfare of the elderly is a primordial concern of the government. More than the declaration is the move to grant a P500 monthly pension to indigent senior citizens aged 80 and above, starting next year as part of the Expanded Senior Citizens' Act (Republic Act 9994). This will benefit 145,150 octogenarians.
The five percent discount on electric and water bills of selected elderly may be implemented next month instead of December.
Under the law, senior citizens are also entitled to a five percent discount on electric and water consumption, provided that the meters for these utilities are registered under their names and usage is below 100 kilowatt hours for electricity and 30 cubic meters for water.
The appropriate government agency has already scheduled public consultations nationwide. This includes September 22, 2010, in Luzon; September 29-30 in the Visayas; and October 6-7 in Mindanao.
The consultations aim to tackle the rules governing the discount on electricity bills of senior citizens. (PIA 8) [top]