Bright­en­ing hori­zons­for se­niors

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THE se­nior sec­tor is now ac­corded with due re­spect, at­ten­tion and care.

No­tably, the young have be­come more con­scious of this, as shown in queues where they al­ways give way to se­niors, or in other pub­lic places where they read­ily give up their seats in fa­vor of the el­derly.

Many peo­ple also do not hes­i­tate to help the el­derly in board­ing or go­ing down buses or UV Ex­press vans.

As some­one in his mid-80s, I am thank­ful that we se­niors are get­ting ex­tra care and at­ten­tion. I am glad that even af­ter my re­tire­ment from ac­tive em­ploy­ment, I have been given the op­por­tu­nity to as­sist fel­low se­niors as an ad­vo­cate for leg­is­la­tion af­fect­ing us.

There are ex­ist­ing laws that pro­vide us ben­e­fits and priv­i­leges, like Repub­lic Act No. 9994 or the Ex­panded Se­nior Cit­i­zens Act.

There are other pend­ing bills in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, but they are likely to die a nat­u­ral death as Congress is ad­journ­ing.

How­ever, the House did ap­prove House Bill No. 8837, filed by Se­nior Cit­i­zen partylist Rep. Fran­cisco G. Da­tol Jr.

The bill will cre­ate the Na­tional Com­mis­sion of Se­nior Cit­i­zens, a cen­tral­ized na­tional of­fice “to for­mu­late poli­cies for the pro­mo­tion and pro­tec­tion of the rights and well-be­ing of se­nior cit­i­zens.”

Once passed into law, se­niors will have to deal with only one cen­tral of­fice, un­like in the present sys­tem.

Also, the Se­nate com­mit­tee on so­cial jus­tice, wel­fare and ru­ral de­vel­op­ment ap­proved SB 1881, filed by Sen. Tito Sotto, which is HB 8837’s count er par t .

In­deed, there is light at the end of the leg­isla­tive cal­en­dar for se­nior cit­i­zens like me.

— Mafeo R. Vibal/ Vice Pres­i­dent for Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs and Leg­isla­tive Li­ai­son Of­fi­cer/ Philip­pine As­so­ci­a­tion of Re­tired Per­sons

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