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Chiz Escudero: Walking, And Working, With Our Seniors

October 25, 2009


In my mailbox this weekend is a dispatch that’s socially relevant and politically encouraging: one of the presumptive presidential candidates in next year’s elections affirming the cross generational links between our elders and Philippine society’s new breed of leaders.
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Sen. Francis ‘Chiz’ Escudero voiced his support for efforts to provide senior citizens with more benefits on top of what they are already receiving under the law.

Speaking at the Senior Citizens Congress in Cebu City, Escudero extolled “the vital role our senior citizens have played, and are still playing, in our continuous pursuit of excellence in nation-building.

Where this country is today, or whatever benefits we enjoy at present, would not be possible without their immeasurable contributions to the furtherance of a better Philippine society. With this, it is but fitting to grant our senior citizens what is due to them. We have a lot to learn from them as they also stand to learn a lot from the youth.
I favor of granting senior citizens more benefits in whatever form, for as long as it is not contrary to public policy. I believe there is sufficient basis to augment the current privileges they enjoy in order to provide them with a better and more comfortable way of living.

Escudero said he will seriously look into the legislative proposals made by different senior citizens group aimed at enhancing the benefits they enjoy under current laws.

The proposals include:

  • institutionalizing the 1% allocation from the National and LGUs’ annual budget set aside for senior citizens; membership in local legislative councils;
  • free medical services/hospitalization in government hospitals; old age pension or living allowances to non-pensioners; home for the aged;
  • geriatric wards in government hospitals; and livelihood programs and medical or legal centers, among others.

These proposals are commendable because they were formulated by the very persons who represent the sector that stands to gain if these become law or institutionalized. I will include these concerns in my legislative policy,” Escudero said.

The senator lauded Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmena for granting senior citizens in the city P4,000 as birthday and Christmas gifts, on top of an increased burial assistance of P10,000 from P5,000.

This shows how Mayor Osmena values the elderly of the City of Cebu. His programs for senior citizens truly deserves commendation and should be replicated in other local government units.

The Senior Citizens Congress is in celebration of Senior Citizens Month and is in coordination with the Federation of Senior Citizens Associations of the Philippines, Inc. (FSCAP), Department of Social Welfare and Services and the Cebu City Senior Citizens Council.

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