BARP manifesto to increase SSS pensioners fund assistance launched-A A +A
By Nars Padilla
Friday, September 13, 2013
A MANIFESTO seeking the assistance of President Benigno C. Aquino III to alleviate the deplorable condition of SSS retiree-pensioners was sent recently to His Excellency by the BARP Foundation, which initiated the move.
"We are fast fading SSS member-pensioners of the entire Philippine Islands who have retired much earlier from our respective livelihood pursuits; prices of commodities had gone up but our SSS pensions remain very low and the purchasing value of the peso has gone down, hence the SSS retirees’ monthly pension could now hardly cope to provide even the bare essentials of our day-to-day living, more so that as time passes, the weight of our years bear on us as the cost of medicines, vitamins and hospitalization go up,” the manifesto stated.
“We who are being called also as belonging to the ‘Department of Departure’ are now humbly brining to the attention of our President… the plight of all of us.”
The significant and important manifestation was amplified by BARP president and CEO Prof. Federico Balanag and other key officers of the foundation who were guests at the regular Kapihan held last Wednesday at the PIA regional office.
Balanag said copies of the manifesto were also sent to Senate President Franklin Drilon, House speaker Feliciano Belmonte, the SSS commissioner and other important government agencies related to retirees including the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
During the kapihan, the BARP panelists also discussed the vision and the mission of the foundation. The various fraternal, livelihood and mutual assistance programs of the association benefiting its members were also dished out for the information of persons who would like to join the Blessed Association of Retired Persons Foundation, Inc.
Balanag also gave a brief report on the ongoing construction of the multi-purpose BARP Elderly and Retirees Center at Cresencia Village Barangay along Bokawkan Road. Yours truly, as chairman of the BFI special events committee discussed in detail the forthcoming BARP Golden Years Festival billed this October in consonance with Presidential Proclamation No. 097 of 1994 by former president Fidel V. Ramos declaring the first week of October as the Filipino Elderly Week.
The festival will feature the following special events: Oct. 4 – BARP will join the CSWDO sponsored parade. After the activity BARP will independently pursue and implement its chain of religious, cultural, sports and medical outreach projects. Oct. 6 – BARP will co-host with the National Correspondents Club of Baguio and Phases Learning Center the 27th anniversary celebration of the Shrine of the Brown Madonna at Km. 7, Asin Road, tuba, Benguet.
Oct. 19 – free medical, dental and consultation mission at the DOT-PTA (Melvin Jones) grandstand at Burnham Park while the lolo-loal palaro will be staged at the historic Justice Malcolm Square. Oct. 21 – Araw ng Parangal honoring the 12 Most Outstanding Senior Citizens from the city and Benguet in recognition of their exemplary leadership and service in their respective careers and community development activities. Honorees will receive the Gintong Tala Achiever’s Award.
A pista sa nayon spiced with the coronation ceremonies for BARP’s lakambinis and lakans from the city, Benguet, Pangasinan, La Union and Mt. Province and folk dance and choral singing contests will end the day’s offering. The significant undertaking will be held at the SM Baguio atrium. Thanks to the management of the giant business firm.
Meanwhile, the newly elected officers of the BFI Board of Trustees were inducted Thursday at the Mandarin Restaurant. In the case are Monroe Taclawan, Crestita Antonio, Tolentino Opiniano, Benigno Andam and Placido Abuan.
The new BOT officers are: Andam as chairman; Abuan as executive vice president; Opiniano, VP for Internal Affairs; Monchita Damoslog, VP for Membership and Education; Dr. Julieta Bagano, VP for Chapters; Antonio, VP for Finance; Juliet Palasi, treasurer; Virginia Favor, secretary; yours truly as Public Relations officer; Ferdinand Balanag as liaison officer; Dr. Juanito Ibis and Victorino Afalla, business managers; Afalla as marshal. The inducting officer was Florentino Awingan, chairman of the foundation’s Comelec.
Meanwhile, the rank and file of over 8,000 active members of the association are looking forward to another meaningful and fruitful Octoberbest Golden Years Festival.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 14, 2013.