LIKE her lawyer-banker husband, Leyte 1st District Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt-Romualdez is a certified champion of the country’s growing army of senior citizens.
In fact, we get this feeling that with Ms. Romualdez in the House of Representatives, the Filipino elderly, notably the poorest of the poor, face a brighter future.
The lady lawmaker, wife of ex-Rep. Martin G. Romualdez, now wants a new law granting full scholarships to undergraduate indigent senior citizens across the country.
A registered nurse and the 1996 Binibining Pilipinas International, Romualdez said Congress should be part of undergraduate senior citizens’ dream of finishing their college education.
This, the two-chamber Congress will do by approving into law Ms. Romualdez’s House Bill (HB) No. 3704, otherwise known as the “Senior Citizen Scholarship Act of 2016.”
“To this end,” she said, “a four-year scholarship grant shall be provided to qualified indigent elderly citizens.”
Under the proposed legislation, a prospective scholar must, however, satisfy all the requirements for admission in a state college or university.
When the lady solon’s husband was still a congressman, he orchestrated the approval into law of his bill expanding the benefits and privileges of the elderly and persons with disability.
The legislation, Republic Act (RA) No. 10754, exempts senior citizens and handicapped from the payment of value-added tax (VAT) on certain goods and services.
Sa pamilya Romualdez, hindi lang pala “like father like son” kundi “like husband like wife” kung ang pag-uusapan ay kapakanan ng mga mahihirap at iba pang kapus-palad na miyembro ng lipunan.