October 31, 2017 at 12:01 am
Rio N. Araja
Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista has approved an ordinance giving the city’s elderly residents free maintenance and dental medicines and supplies, anti-TB drugs and multivitamins.
City Ordinance 2619-2017, authored by Councilor Roger P. Juan, mandates the city government to initially appropriate P13 million to implement the measure.
The amount will be taken from one percent of the city’s general fund, which is allocated for programs, projects and activities of Quezon City’s senior citizens.
The free medicines will be dispensed in the city’s 65 health centers, which shall be entitled to at least P200,000 worth of medicines.
“The free maintenance and dental medicines may be availed of by all registered resident senior citizens of Quezon City from the barangay health center nearest his or her residence,” Section 4 of the ordinance read.
“Those who shall receive medication are required to undergo regular monthly checkups at their respective barangay health center for the continuous monitoring of their health condition,” it added.
The City Health Department, Social Services Development Department, Office of Senior Citizens Affairs, barangay health center workers and other agencies were tasked to jointly craft the implementing rules and regulation of the ordinance.
Meanwhile, the council also passed a resolution authorizing giving a Special Use Permit to Santuario de Santo Domingo Inc. for the construction and operation of a twostorey ossuary in Barangay Sto. Domingo along Quezon Avenue.
City Resolution 7252-2017, introduced by Councilor Marvin C. Rillo, declares that Filinvest, the firm that will build the ossuary, “has complied with the necessary requirements prescribed by law, ordinance or administrative issuances.”
The building will provide a mausoleum and garden ossuary where bones and ashes of the departed will be interred.
“Due to limited space in the city’s private and public cemeteries, the proposed project is a timely undertaking to solemnly accommodate the remains of the said departed loved ones,” the resolution read.