Free cinema for seniors

THE Cebu City Council yesterday approved the ordinance granting residents 60 years old and older access to free movies in cinemas in the city.

The newly-approved measure is authored by Councilor Richard Osmeña, a last-term councilor.

“It is very good!” Office of Senior Citizens Affairs Head (OSCA) Domingo Q. Chaves Jr. said when he found out about the approved ordinance.

“They’re given the privilege, the right to enjoy seeing movies. Adto sila sa sinehan nga ilahang gusto (They can go to the theaters that they like),” Chaves said.

Chaves said this is a welcome move, especially since senior citizens are usually just at home, and it might be good for them to go out once in a while.

In the ordinance, the elderly can avail themselves of free movies every Monday and Tuesday with the exception of weekends, holidays and first screenings.

They are also only allowed to watch once per movie in every movie theater.

The ordinance is only true to senior citizens in Cebu City and they would have to present their senior citizens’ identification card to the movie theater personnel.

The violations of this ordinance include movie theater personnel that do no grant free access to senior citizens without justifiable reason during the days allowed and granting a senior citizen access during prohibited days.

The senior citizen identification card presented must be duly signed by the authorized signatories and issued by OSCA.

The ordinance states that establishments who violate its provisions would be fined P500 for the first offense, P1,000 for the second offense and P1,500 for the third offense. Angiela Mae H. Conte, USJR Intern

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