Home visitations to needy elders of the city, monthly birthday socializations and employment as Senior Patrollers are just some of the programs Mayor Antolin Oreta III is pursuing to promote the general well-being and offer best care possible for the elders of Malabon.
Under the leadership of Oreta, the city government continues to upgrade its services for Malabonian senior citizens, numbering to 39,747 (Dec. 2018) throughout the 21 barangays of the locality.
The enactment of City Ordinance No. 07-2018 or the Special Benefits for Senior Citizens Ordinance of the City of Malabon sponsored by Coun. Lorenzo Oreta last year augmented the privileges previously guaranteed under RA 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.
Included in these were birthday gift giving, free movie passes in cinemas, free parking and employment opportunities.
Realizing the ordinance, Mayor Oreta conducts routine home visitation to indigent and bed-ridden elders of the city, working out their medical and health needs.
In at least two times a week, the mayor visits 20 or more indigent or ailing Malabonian senior citizen, personally delivering more than gift packages, fresh leash of hope that their needs are facilitated and addressed by the city government.
Festive monthly gatherings are likewise observed to acknowledge the birthdays of elders. These seemingly routine freebies-filled-up happenings are even spiced up with momentous side events.
During one birthday socialization, senior celebrants Charito Ignacio (Tonsuya), Consuelo Gil (Acacia) and Brenda Bernas (Potrero), won a group dine-in treat at Benny’s Grill with City Councilors Lorenzo Oreta, Peng Mañalac and Pamilyang Malabonian teammate Mark Roque through a Dating Game held.
Related to this, Mayor Oreta courteously requested Fisher Mall owner Robert Raymond Del Rosario to allow Malabonian senior citizens free movie access every 10 am to 5 pm of Mondays and Tuesdays.
On empowering the elders, the city fully supports barangay-based senior citizen associations merged into the Federation of Malabon Senior Citizen Associations (FEMASCA) through the Office of Senior Citizen Affairs (OSCA) headed by former Councilor Rufino Bautista.
FEMASCA actively launches various activities invigorating the community spirit within the sector, including the contest “Talentadong Lolo’t Lola” launched throughout the city in 5 clustered barangays toward its Grand Finals set on May 10.
Seniors Jessie Nicolas and Romeo Virtudazo (Bgy. Catmon) topped the 1st cluster with their ballroom dance; Larry Timbal and Estrella Panday (Acacia) danced to win the 2nd cluster; Eddie Pastrana, Benedicto Castro, Eduardo Suarez, Lapaz Sanchez, Nenita Lopez, Digna Gasa and Estela Bartolome (Tañong) sang in group to triumph in the 3rd cluster; with their group dance, Dessy Andoy, Julita Maglaya, Girlie Leano, Aurora Francisco, Luzviminda Gregorios, Ester Javier and Anatacia Putalan(Concepcion) captured the 4th win slot; and another group dance won the 5th with senior dancers Elvira Alaban, Juanita Sabalao, Virginia Sison, Consolacion Felipe and Laurenaria Degano (Flores).
These finalists with other 3 social media-voted “wildcard” contestants shall vie for the coveted title on the grand finals which lines-up ₱15,000, ₱10,000, ₱8,000, ₱6,000 and ₱4,000 with respective trophies as prizes for the Champion and other winners along with cash awards for non-winning participants.
Providing employment opportunities for supposedly retired elderlies, Oreta sustains the hiring of Senior Patrollers –- qualified elders enforcing traffic order and ensuring safety in Malabon public school vicinities.
336 Senior Patrollers were commissioned last school year, while 400 of these actively fielded at present, rendering 2-hrs a day, 2 times a week of assistance to pedestrians especially pupils around government schools, and in turn earning P2,000.00/month after 16 hours of public service.
“Since its maiden implementation in July 2018, the city government is set to employ another 600 patrollers this coming school year among our respected and physically fit elders this year,” Luz Cecilia Guevarra of OSCA said.
To further expedite delivery of governmental services for Malabonian elderly along with other sectors in need, a separate facility adjacent the city hall building has been under construction since its ground breaking on December 2018 as “Bulwagang Pangkalinga.”
Said ₱29.6M three-storey building shall allocate its entire ground floor for senior citizen transactions, with the other floor levels hosting the office and clients of City Social Welfare and Development Department (CSWDD) and the Community and Urban Poor Affairs Office (CUPAO).
Mayor Oreta notes that “…we have to devote at par service and attention to senior citizens and more importantly,regard them as still productive Malabonians in spite their age, keeping their self-esteems up.”
“We need to take very good care of our elders since we owe them a lot of what we are now,” Mayor Oreta emphasized.(MALABON PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE)