Nueva Vizcaya PSWD to conduct forum on Senior Citizens Act
by Ben Moses Ebreo
Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya (September 14) -- The Provincial Social Welfare and Development (PSWD) here is set to conduct a forum on the Expanded Senior Citizens Act among senior citizens in the province.
Lita Tabudlo, provincial social welfare and development officer said the forum will be conducted in coordination with the Provincial Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines (PFSCAP) Nueva Vizcaya chapter.
She said the forum which will be held at the Ammungan Hall here seeks to discuss the salient features of the Republic Act 9994 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations among stakeholders.
"We are expecting participants from concerned sectors and government agencies such as officials of the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs(OSCA), Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers(MSWDOs), government agencies and business establishments and hospitals," Tabudlo said.
With this activity, she said they hope to gather inputs to come up with agreements and guidelines on the actual implementation of the law supporting the Elderly Welfare Program (EWP).
According to Tabudlo, there are only less than.01 percent of the total population of the province who comprise the elderly sector which do not pose a threat to the overall profits of business establishments in the province.
RA 9994 requires business establishments to provide a 20 percent discount on goods and services to be availed by senior citizens among other privileges.
"In fact, concerned business establishments in the town of Solano agreed to provide the necessary discounts and other privileges for our elderlies because it is not too much for the asking," she stressed.
According to Tabudlo, other municipalities in the province are set to conduct the same forum to orient concerned establishments and senior citizens on the provisions of the law.
"We believe that there should be a common agreement among the concerned sectors so that we can have a in-win solution on this law," she added.
Tabudlo said the 15 municipalities of the province have OSCA head each who facilitates the issuance of identification cards among the elderlies in coordination with the MSWDOs and local chief executives. (PIA NVizcaya) [top]