BALANGA CITY, Bataan – Around 500 lolos and lolas warmed up the wet day as senior citizens gathered yesterday at Lou-Is Resort, this City for the Provincial Celebration of Elderly Week.
Jose Marie Garcia, manager of the Phil. Information Agency-Bataan, said that 11 groups vied in the Zumba contest in the event that started with a motorcade and informational talks in the morning.
This celebration is organized by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines Inc., and Bataan League of Office of the Senior Citizen Affairs.
In a related news, indigent senior citizens can receive P500 monthly, and P100,000 if they reach 100 years of age.
According to Lou Angela Daet, focal person for elderly of Department of Social Welfare and Development-Region 3, the Centenarian Act of 2016 honors Filipinos here or abroad who have reached 100 years of age and can automatically avail of the benefits, while the Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens Program provides monthly support for those who do not receive pension from government or private institutions.
As part of their benefits, bicycle lanes, walkways and more health programs will roll out around the province to extend the life of senior citizens, according to Gov. Abet Garcia.
Garcia added that the province’s vision of improving the human development index includes the welfare of senior citizens as the said measurement gauges the life span, education and income of people.
Photo courtesy of PIA-Bataan FB Page.