BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 13 (PIA) - To intensify its advocacy in promoting older persons' rights and welfare, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga, together with other partner government agencies have converged their efforts and hand-in gifts for the identified sector.
Along with various activities set for this year's Elderly Filipino Week celebration, gifts were also given to the elderly men and women.
Senior citizens actively participated in the Elderlympics, wherein they joined different fun activities such as the Zumba session, parlor games, board games, ball/sports games, and karaoke singing contest.
The members of the Regional Inter-Agency Committee on Senior Citizens (RIAC-SC) Caraga also took the elderly persons to a free massage, haircut, manicure and pedicure.
The Department of Health (DOH) has also conducted free blood sugar tests and blood pressure test to senior citizens.
"We are here because we appreciate our lolo and lola, not just through the services and interventions of DSWD, but also through the policies and guidelines made by our legislators," said Jessie Catherine Aranas, OIC-chief of DSWD Caraga Protective Services Division.
"If you can recall, it is stated in Republic Act 9994, the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010, that we have to give attention and priority to our lolo and lola," Aranas added.
The RIAC-SC also visited the abandoned senior citizens in Por Cristo Foundation in Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, where Por Cristo residents were given food, grocery packs, hygiene kits and blankets.
One of the residents said they are very much thankful for the presents, saying that it's not everyday that people visit them in the said place.
The RIAC-SC also reached out to the elderly inmates inside Surigao City Jail and Surigao del Norte Provincial Jail. The visit was conducted to remind the inmates that they are also part of the celebration.
"We are here today because every first week of October of every year, we celebrate the Elderly Filipino Week. We are here because we have a gift for you. We hope that these presents would be a help to you," said Ana Semacio, DSWD Caraga Sectoral head.
Food, grocery packs, hygiene kits and blankets were distributed to the elderly inmates. Surigao del Norte Provincial Jail warden Felix Resullar said they are delighted that the RIAC-SC visited their facility.
"Our tatays, maybe you have felt the love of our government towards you because these agencies are putting all their resources and efforts together to give you their services," Resullar told the elderly inmates.
The DSWD led the RIAC-SC, with other government agencies such as the DOH, Philippine Health (Philhealth) Insurance Corporation, Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA), and the City Government of Butuan.
The Elderly Filipino Week celebration is in line with Proclamation No. 470, which aims to increase public awareness on the different issues concerning the older persons' sector. (Daryl D. Anunciado/Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga/PIA-Caraga)