Council for Oro senior citizens formed

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Monday, February 24, 2014


TO HARMONIZE the relationship of the senior citizens belonging to the different organizations here, the City Government of Cagayan de Oro recently created a council of elders to better address their concerns.

Mayor Oscar Moreno said that the creation of the Council of Elders for Senior Citizens (CESC), would iron out differences of the members of the Cagayan de Oro Federation of Senior Citizens Association (Cafesca), which is in existence for 31 years, and the Cagayan de Oro Federation of Elders (Cafe), which have been at odds on how their affairs should be managed.

Moreno said that the division among the elderlies in the city would slow down efforts of the government in the delivery of services intended for them.

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“I want our senior citizens united for a common good so that we, in government, can also look after their unified concerns and needs, thus the creation of the council of elders.” Moreno said.

Moreno signed Executive Order 022-14 creating the CESC, which will expire on June 30, 2016.

The City Social Welfare Office has documented 22,000 senior citizens who are registered with the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (Osca).

The City Government said it would look into the concerns of the senior citizens who claimed that they were neglected by the past administration.

The CESC is composed of Alfonso Goking, Cafesca president as chairman; Ruben Saarenas of Cafe as vice chairman, Monavic Bodiongan, of the Department of Social Welfare and Development; Efren Uy of business sector; Julieta Ramirez, of the Department of Interior and Local Government; Sister Bernadette Periodico of the faith-based organization; and Datu Faustino Orasan of the tribal councils.

Teddy Sabugaa, City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) officer said that his office has already done the process of overhauling the administration of Osca, for it to be more responsive to its members and become independent in crafting policies based on the Magna Carta for Senior Citizens and not succumb to political maneuvering.

Eugenio Atrigenio, the newly installed Osca head, said that with the Moreno administration, the requirement in updating the list of the members every quarter is being done.

“In the past we just rely on the reports submitted to us from various Cafesca chapters, but this time the monitoring and validation will be done in collaboration with or through the CSWO.”

Atrigenio said, “This way, we will be carefully documented so that whatever assistance due us would be received by the concerned senior citizen.”

He said that the CESC and Osca would work hand in hand to try and mend the rift between the two organizations.

“They don’t see eye to eye, and that we are going to exert effort to harmonize their relationship as it is for the betterment of our interest,” Atrigenio added.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on February 24, 2014.

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