Added pro­tec­tion for se­nior cit­i­zens

Sun.Star Baguio - - OPINION - In­ci­dent,

PRO­TEC­TION for se­niors is now on fo­cus. In ob­ser­vance of the “Filipino El­derly Month” in the city of Baguio and af­ter the un­to­ward in­ci­dent in­volv­ing a se­nior ci­ti­zen and a pri­vate in­di­vid­ual hav­ing an ar­gu­ment in­side an es­tab­lish­ment which was posted in so­cial me­dia that went vi­ral and drew the ire of thou­sands of ne­ti­zens, Com­mit­tee on So­cial Ser­vices, Women and Ur­ban Poor Chair­per­son and Coun­cilor Lilia Far­iñas has filed a res­o­lu­tion, “adopt­ing repub­lic act no. 9994 [an act grant­ing ad­di­tional ben­e­fits and priv­i­leges to se­nior cit­i­zens, fur­ther amend­ing repub­lic act no. 7432, as amended, oth­er­wise known as ‘an act to max­i­mize the con­tri­bu­tion of se­nior cit­i­zens to na­tion build­ing, grant ben­e­fits and spe­cial priv­i­leges and for other pur­poses’] in the city of baguio.

Far­iñas in her pro­posal stated Article XIII, Sec­tion 11 of the Con­sti­tu­tion, which pro­vides the State shall adopt an in­te­grated and com- pre­hen­sive ap­proach to health de­vel­op­ment and which shall en­deavor to make es­sen­tial goods, health and other so­cial ser­vices avail­able to all the peo­ple at af­ford­able cost. There shall be pri­or­ity for the needs of the un­der­priv­i­leged, sick, el­derly, dis­abled, women and chil­dren.

The lady coun­cilor said af­ter the an oc­u­lar in­spec­tion was im­me­di­ately con­ducted by her of­fice and noted that there was no ex­press lane for se­niors in the es­tab­lish­ment. Far­iñas in­di­cated that such in­ci­dent and con­fronta­tion could have been avoided in the first place if only there was an ex­press lane in­tended for se­niors and if the staff of the es­tab­lish­ment was well aware that pri­or­ity should be given to se­nior cit­i­zens.

Once the res­o­lu­tion is ap­proved, the City Coun­cil will now have the added au­thor­ity to track down es­tab­lish­ments who are vi­o­lat­ing some pro­vi­sions un­der Repub­lic Act 9994, in par­tic­u­lar Sec­tion 4 (Priv­i­leges for the Se­nior Cit­i­zens) pro­vid­ing ex­press lanes for se­nior cit­i­zens in all com­mer­cial and gov­ern­ment es­tab­lish­ments and in the ab­sence thereof, pri­or­ity shall be given to them, as stated un­der the said law.

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