The Quezon City Council has passed a resolution supporting the enactment into law of House Bill No. 6137, granting an P80,000 incentive to senior citizens who have reached the age of 80.
City Resolution 7403-2018, introduced by Councilor Melencio “Bobby” T. Castelo, Jr., is in support of the improvement of welfare of senior citizens by providing them various benefits under the Republic Act No. 7432, as amended by RA 9257 and RA 9994.
The City Council said it wants more senior citizens to receive benefits and incentives as it is the Quezon City’s policy to extend full support to its elderly.
“Senior citizens were able to benefit from Republic Act No. 10868 that grants an additional benefit of P100,000 to centenarians, but only very few senior citizens reach 100 years old. House Bill No. 6137, if enacted into law, will grant monetary benefit to all senior citizens in the amount of P80,000 upon reaching the age of 80 years old which is more beneficial to numerous senior citizens,” the resolution read.
Meanwhile, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista has signed an ordinance declaring June 15 as the Quezon City Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
City Ordinance 2670-2018, also known as the Quezon City Elder Abuse Awareness Day Ordinance, is in accordance with Resolution No. 66/127 adopted by the United Nations General Assembly designating June 15 as the World Elder Abuse Day.
The annual event aims to call attention to growing global opposition against abuse of the elderly. Rio Araja
“As the ageing populations rapidly increase, the incidence of elder abuse is concomitantly growing. Usually, it is in the form of financial exploitation, material abuse, maltreatment, at home; such abuses often go unreported, partly due to shame and embarrassment on the part of the victims or because of their cognitive and other impairments,” the ordinance said.
The City Council passed the Quezon City Elder Abuse Awareness Day Ordinance to comply with its mandate to protect and uplift the dignity and well-being of its citizens, especially the elderly against any form of abuse such as, physical injuries, theft, property grabbing, and ejection from homes.
The Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs, in cooperation with Social Services Development Department and City Health Department, shall promulgate rules and regulations for the effective implementation of the ordinance.
Public education and awareness programs on elder abuse, protection, and benefits shall be organized by OSCA and SSDD on QC Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
Funds for the QC Elder Abuse Awareness Day shall be sourced from the City Treasury.
“Elder or senior citizen abuse is not a private matter but a public and serious one which should be a concern of the entire society. It is a global issue that needs a more participative involvement of all sectors to afford aging people more protection,” the ordinance said.