Ifugao prov'l gov't to fund senior citizens projects
by Vency D. Bulayungan
LAGAWE, Ifugao (29 October) -- In line with the celebration of the 12th Senior Citizens' Provincial Assembly held at the Lagawe Central School Auditorium here last October 25, Governor Teddy Baguilat Jr. ensures to help brighten up the remaining years of the elderly.
Speaking to about 700 senior citizens from the 11 municipalities here, Baguilat who was the guest speaker, said that he was able to discuss with the Provincial Social Welfare Officer Joyce Niwane the concerns and issues that the sector is trying to relay to the provincial government.
Among the concerns are a Senior Citizens Center, membership of the sector to the local special bodies and a plan to put up a pharmaceutical drugstore to be operated by the organization.
"I can see that you have good plans for your organization which can really help the senior citizens", Baguilat said.
He explained that the provincial government had been extending assistance to the sector through the Social Welfare Office. "I hope that we are able to help your association with the amount allocated to assist you in your activities and projects," Baguilat said.
Aside from the discounts on transportation fares and prime commodities being implemented to senior citizens, they are availing some health and medical services like hospital and medicine discounts to lessen their medical expenses.
However, Niwane said that the senior citizens encountered problems in the implementation of the discounts. There are some business establishments that are not giving discounts to senior citizens.
Baguilat said that in this case the Department of Trade and Industry can help do something regarding this problem. "You should not be denied of your benefits and do not let them deny your rights as senior citizens.
On the other hand, Congressman Solomon Chungalao, in his inspirational talk which was delivered by Lagawe Mayor Ceasar Cabbigat congratulated the association in their celebration.
"Indeed, you are all lions and lionesses who are the pillars of support in your individual communities as you try to instill what is proper, wise and just," Chungalao said.
Moreover, as the theme of this celebration states, "Nakakatanda: Tanglaw ng Kabataan at Lipunan," – you, our elders, are the light to young people and to our society, Chungalao added.
Meanwhile, the Rotary Club of Lagawe conducted a free medical service including diabetes screening and blood pressure monitoring to about 200 senior citizens earlier in the day. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]