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Anti-Elder Abuse Act gets funding

  • Written by Jester P. Manalastas
  • Published in Nation
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THE House Committee on Appropriations is supporting the proposed Anti-Elder Abuse Act by providing the
funds for its implementation.

Chaired by Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles, the committee approved the funding provision
of a substitute bill seeking to protect senior citizens from violence.
 
The approved Section 27 of the substitute bill provides that the amount necessary to implement
the provisions of the “Anti-Elder Abuse Act” shall be included in the annual General Appropriations
Act.

The bill, which was deliberated by the Committee on Population and Family Relations chaired by
Rep. Sol Aragones,  will now be endorsed to the plenary for approval.
    
The bill is authored by Reps. Victor Yap, Wes Gatchalian, Magnolia Rosa Antonino, Rodel
Batocabe, Alfredo Garbin, Jr., Christopher Co, Linabelle Ruth Villarica, Estrellita Suansing, Raul del
Mar, and Jose Antonio Sy-Alvarado.
    
The bill identifies the context of elder abuse or acts of violence against senior citizens.
    
This includes single or repeated acts that cause harm or distress to an elderly committed
through threatening or attempting to cause of the following: emotional or psychological abuse;
financial or material exploitation; physical abuse; neglect by refusal or failure to fulfill any part
of a person’s obligations or duties to an elderly person; mental or emotional suffering; abuse to
include withdrawal of financial support, deprivation of financial resources; deprivation of food,
comfortable clothing, essential medication, personal and basic financial services; battery, physical
assault, or arbitrary deprivation of liberty; abandonment; coercion especially acts deleterious to
their personal safety and security.
 
In addition to those provided for under existing laws during the pendency of the case, a victim
of violence shall have the right to avail of protection and legal assistance from the Public Attorney’s
Office (PAO) of the Department of Justice (DoJ) or any public legal assistance office; be entitled to
support services from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the local government
unit (LGU) concerned; be entitled to all legal remedies and support as provided for under the Family
Code; be informed of the rights and services available including the right to apply for a protection
order; and be entitled to actual compensatoy, moral and exemplary damages.