City Mayor Samuel S. Co lauded the senior citizens of their role in nation building. In his message during the culmination program of the Elderly Filipino Week celebration recently at the senior citizens building, City Hall Complex, this city, which carries the theme: “Nakakatanda,
Tanglaw ng Bayan, Kaagapay sa Matuwid na Daan” Co said, the senior citizens association is the most important sector in the community. Despite their ripe old age and limited physical capabilities, yet they are still too eager to contribute positively to our society, Co said, adding, that they want to contribute their efforts in building a better world.
Co also said that he is very proud that the Federation of Senior Citizens Association (FSCA) in the city with 800 active members is actively doing its role in nation building through volunteerism, monitoring and participation in governance.
He urged the members to continue performing their roles despite the challenges they are experiencing.
City Social Welfare and Development Officer Abdulgani J. Pagayao shared the same observation with Co, saying “they” (senior citizens) are contributors to nation building.
With the knowledge, experience, expertise and their voluntary service to the community, Pagayao said, it is deemed proper that they will enjoy the benefits and privileges of the senior citizens as mandated by Republic Act 9994 otherwise known as “Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010”.
He also thanked the chief executive for addressing the concerns and ensuring the welfare of the FSCA by granting P1-M financial assistance and providing two additional staff at the Office of the Senior Citizen’s Affair (OSCA).
The OSCA plans, implements, and monitors yearly work programs for senior citizens which were established under the Office of the Mayor.
FSCA president Engr. Alberto Y. Galicinao was grateful for the active participation and willing cooperation of its members which led to the success of the said activity. He said their participation in medical and dental services and in the singing and dance contests, have helped strengthened their bonds.