Magpale: Elderly people play a vital role in society

A person who holds a cane, walks slowly, suffers pain in the joints and has wrinkles is often described as a senior citizen whose movements are limited.

But for Vice Gov. Agnes A. Magpale, these persons can still do more despite their age.

Magpale emphasized the importance of every senior citizen in a family during the Halad sa Gugma Alang Kang Lolo ug Lola in Balamban town last January 4.

Gov. Hilario P. Davide III and Magpale were in Balamban to distribute food packs and hygiene kits to a total of 808 elderly in Barangays Biasong, Aliwanay and Cansomoroy.

In her speech, the vice governor told the senior citizens that they can still do more to help their families and the community by giving advices to the younger ones and to lead them to a more fruitful life.

“Akong awhag sa mga senior daghan pa kaayo kita mahimo sa atong komunidad. Gawas sapag-atiman sa mga anak makahatag pa kamo og tambag sa mga kabatan-onan,” she said.

The Cebu Provincial Government under the administration of Davide and Magpale has been introducing initiatives that suit to the needs of every sector in the community.

For the elderly group, Magpale said the Cebu Provincial Government has been providing food packs and hygiene kits for them for the past three years.

“Ang tuyo og tumong namo ni governor nga among ihatod sa kinadul-an nga barangay. Ikatulo nani nga tuig sa among programa. Gamay ra ni inyong madawat pero kinasingkasing ni kang gov,” she said.

During the distribution, the governor and the vice governor were joined by former provincial board member Grecilda Sanchez, who is a consultant for barangay affairs of the Office of the Vice Governor, and former Pinamungajan mayor Geraldine Yapha.

Davide shared to the senior citizens that his and the vice governor’s stand is good governance and to eliminate corruption in the government.

“Kini ato ang atong gibarogan ang maayong pang gobyerno,” he said.

Representatives of the Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte Organization, as well as barangay officials and their representatives were also there to show support in the Capitol’s program.

Antonio Mag-aso, 72, one of the beneficiaries in Biasong, was thankful for the assistance given by the Capitol officials since it is hard for him to earn for a living.

Mag-aso earns money by selling copra- dried meat of the coconut from which oil is extracted.

“Dako na kay ning tabang para konsumo. Sobra pa’s lipay,” he said.

Trinidad Bathan, 62, president of the senior citizen organization in Aliwanay, said she is glad that there is a program of the Capitol that includes the senior citizens in its yearly activities.

“Kining bugas dako na kaayo ning tabang nila unya kining mga sardinas. Ang means of livelihood baya diri kay fishing unya di sila kaayo ka-afford ana with one content o usa kaana. Gamay ra ba maka-afford,” she said.

Bathan hopes that the “gift-giving” of the Provincial Government will continue.

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