PB to create senior citizens council

YAYOYThe creation of the Cebu Provincial Senior Citizens’ Council (CPSCC) is underway.

In a public hearing last October 9, Provincial Board (PB) Member Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba assured the presidents of senior citizens’ federations that the ordinance will be passed soon.

According to Alcoseba, his fellow board members, the vice governor and even the governor are in favor of the province’s first senior citizens’ ordinance. The proposed ordinance is yet to be passed on second reading.

The governor will sit as the chairman of the council while the PB Committee Chairman sits as the vice-chair. “It is now the council, which will address all your concerns,” said the board members, who attended the public hearing.

The rest of the members of the council are the chairman of the PB committee on social services, president of the Provincial Federation of Senior Citizens, and the representatives of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office and two non-government senior citizens’ organizations.

Based on the proposed ordinance, the council will have an initial P20 million in funds.

Among the concerns raised by the senior citizens is how to compel the pharmacies in the province to implement the 20 percent discount privilege of the senior citizens upon the purchase of medicines.

Alcoseba said the council would create a legal committee to address their complaints. However, he suggested to bring the issue to the municipal government for an immediate action. He said the mayors have the right to intervene because the deprivation of the privilege is illegal.

The ordinance is pursuant to the constitutional policies embodied in Republic Act 7432 or “An Act to Maximize the Contribution of Senior Citizen’s to Nation Building, Grant Benefits and Special Privileges and for other Purposes, as amended. The law was further amended by RA 9994, or “An Act Granting Additional Benefits and Privileges to Senior Citizens.”

The creation of CPSCC was also required by Republic Act 7160 or the “Local Government Code of 1991” to approve the establishment of a provincial council for the elderly. The council is mandated to formulate policies and adopt measures that are mutually beneficial to them and the community. (Xerxes Alkuino)