Malabon nurtures its elders with sustained programs
Home visits to needy elders of Malabon, monthly birthday socializations, and employment as Senior Patrollers are just some of the programs that Mayor Antolin Oreta III is pursuing to promote the general well-being and offer the best care possible for the elders of the city.
The Malabon City government continues to upgrade its services for Malabonian senior citizens, numbering to 39.747 as of December 2018, throughout the 21 barangays of the city.
The enactment of City Ordinance No. 07-2018, or the Special Benefits for Senior Citizens Ordinance, sponsored by Councilor Lorenzo Oreta, augmented the privileges previously guaranteed under Republic Act 9994, or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.
Privileges include birthday gift giving, free movie passes in cinemas, free parking, and employment opportunities.
Mayor Oreta conducts routine home visitation to indigent and bedridden elders of the city, working out their medical and health needs.
The mayor visits 20 or more indigent or ailing Malabonian senior citizens at least two times a week, personally delivering gift packages.
Festive monthly gatherings are also observed to acknowledge the birthdays of elders. These seemingly routine freebies-filled events are spiced up with momentous side events.
Oreta also requested Fisher Mall owner Robert Raymond del Rosario to allow Malabonian senior citizens free movie access every 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays.
On empowering elders, the city government fully supports barangay-based senior citizens associations merged into the Federation of Malabon Senior Citizen Associations through the Office of Senior Citizen Affairs, headed by former councilor Rufino Bautista.
FEMASCA actively launches various activities for the community, including the contest “Talentadong Lolo’t Lola.”
To provide employment opportunities for retired elders, Oreta aims to sustain the hiring of Senior Patrollers – qualified elders enforcing traffic order and ensuring safety in the vicinity of Malabon public school.
Last year, 336 Senior Patrollers were commissioned. This year, 400 were actively fielded, each rendering two hours of work per day, two times a week. They are paid P2,000 per month for 16 hours of public service.
Since its maiden implementation in July 2018, the Senior Patroller Program is set to employ another 600 patrollers this coming school year from among our respected and physically fit elders,” said Luz Cecilia Guevara of OSCA.