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Reinforced free medical services for elders eyed
by PIO release

Senior citizens in Baguio City will get added benefits from the local government once the proposed ordinance providing free general medical checkup for senior citizens during their birth months as a gesture of gratitude for their contributions to the development of the city is approved.

Councilor Elaine D. Sembrano said the proposed measure will cover senior citizens who are bona fide residents of Baguio.

Under the proposal, those eligible should be registered with the City Social Welfare and Development Office-Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs at least six months prior to his or her birthday  before the office could issue the certification.

Sembrano said the general medical examination shall be done at any city government health center or barangay health unit by the designated City Health Services Office medical personnel.

Further, the CHSO may enter into an agreement with the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center to provide a facility to ensure sustained implementation of the service.

The ordinance tasked the CHSO as lead implementing body.  It shall keep a record of all activities relative to the implementation of the ordinance for future reference for medical reviews and studies with regard the health condition of elders in the city. It shall accordingly adjust its annual budget to include the needed funds for the continuous implementation of the free medical checkup for senior citizens.

Sembrano said as people grow older, changes in their physical and physiological wellbeing manifest along with other health concerns.

She said senior citizens, despite being past their prime, however, can still be productive and live a quality life while aging gracefully, through local government or community health support systems allowed by law and cultural or customary practices.

Sembrano added most senior citizens have limited financial resources and mostly dependent on their pensions and assistance from their children for food, medicines, and other basic needs.

A local government free health care program on early detection, prevention or control of diseases accessible to all senior citizens, especially the financially challenged, would ensure that proper care is given to the city’s elderly constituents, the councilor said.


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