City pilots care center for seniors-A A +A
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
ILOILO City will soon establish the first senior citizen care center in Arevalo district as a pilot project of City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog in a bid to add one more best practice in the city.
Mabilog said he is allotting some funds for the construction of the care center for the elderly complete with facilities, medical care and feeding center for homeless and abandoned senior citizens in the city.
Mabilog said the operation of the center will directly fall under his office by giving all-out support to the indigent senior citizens. Other city offices such as the city social welfare and development office and the office of senior citizens affairs (OSCA) will collaborate with the project but the bulk of work and operation will be under the office of the city executive.
Mabilog said he had seen successful care centers for senior citizens in other countries run by the government or private organizations and he wanted to replicate the best practice here.
There are more than 55,000 registered senior citizens in the city aged 60 years old and above. More than half are still productive and enjoying life as retired pensioners while others are under the care of their respective families. (Lydia C. Pendon)