IT must be frustrating for the country’s elderly if the government, through Congress, fails to foster their capacity for a more meaningful and productive aging.
Everybody concedes that although they are already senior citizens, 60 years old and above are still major contributors to the nation’s socio-economic development.
Now pending consideration in the House of Representatives is a bill seeking to establish a national long-term care program for the elderly.
Authored by Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas, House Bill (HB) No. 719 reflects the genuine concern over the welfare of senior citizens not only in the metropolis but elsewhere.
Otherwise known as the “Long Term Care for Senior Citizens,” the measure calls on the state to exhaust all efforts to ensure that the societal contributions of our elderly are recognized and appreciated.”
The proposed national program for senior citizens will be implemented by the Department of Finance, Department of Health, Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
HB No. 719 seeks to set up a framework of a long-term care program for one of the country’s special social sectors -- senior citizens.
The framework shall embody care programs and services which include social welfare, livelihood and job generation programs, social insurance and non-formal education for the elderly.
We cannot overemphasize the importance of speeding up the passage of the proposed legislation.
The government must sufficiently prove that it is committed to advance the interests of the millions of senior citizens.