Gov. Manotoc pushes for improvement of healthcare for senior citizens

Jul 26, 2019 ...

Recognizing the role of senior citizens in the holistic development of communities, Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc promised to continuously create programs that will attend to the needs of the elderlies during the Inauguration Ceremony of the Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines–Ilocos Norte Chapter (FSCAP-IN) at the Ilocos Norte Centennial Arena, Laoag City, yesterday.

As highlight of the ceremony, the oath of new FSCAP-IN officers was administered by Governor Manotoc himself. He then disclosed that the biggest portion of the provincial budget is allocated for the improvement of healthcare services which will mainly benefit their sector.

According to Gov. Manotoc, the Provincial Government is planning to create a backup 911 hotline to be called "Sagip Seniors" in support to the "Lolo and Lola Watch" Program. This is to ensure safety of senior citizens and strengthen the government's bid to achieve zero casualty in every occurrence of natural disasters.

Moreover, the provision of point-of-care centers in every district hospitals and advancement of medical facilities are the top priorities of the administration.

Furthermore, Gov. Manotoc urged the FSCAP-IN to inform other senior citizens to seek for financial aid from the Provincial Government, saying, "Pakisabi na lang po sa mga indigent senior citizens na may medical assistance po para sa kanila mula sa atin kasi sa tingin ko po 'yong iba hindi pa nila alam. [The] financial assistance is worth Php 3,000 for their medical maintenance."

Through the Provincial Ordinance No. 053-2018, indigent senior citizens can now avail burial and medical assistance. Other programs catering senior citizens are the "Silpo ti Biag 707" (Lifeline 707) which aims to provide immediate medical response, and the recent institutionalization of Capitol Express that delivers free medical, dental, and other services in the barangay level.

"I hope na kahit tumatanda po tayo we can remain involved in our community because I know there is much wisdom and experience that senior citizens possess and perhaps that wisdom is the exact knowledge that our youth can use today for you are all our bridges to our heritage and our history," he ended. 

by Blessing Angel Agliam



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