Added protection for senior citizens
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.