Issue of October 7, 2018
Mt. Province

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SCOFAD council passes edicts for welfare on senior citizens
by Alpine L. Killa

BONTOC, Mountain Province – Senior citizen councilors-for-a-day passed two ordinances and three resolutions that cater to the welfare of elders.

Lawyer Florence Taguiba sat as vice mayor for-a-day, and joined by councilors-for-a-day Leoncio Lumbag, Frumentio Pala-os, Jose Fang-asan, Betty Jane Dizon, Eufemia Chakas, Cyril Bacala, Sr., Norbertina Ramirez, Mary Sacgaca, Lilian Focasan, Caroline Castaneda and Linda Tangilag.

The council passed Ordinance 1, s. 2018, known as the “Death Benefit Assistance Ordinance” where a death benefit assistance of P5,000 shall be given to the closest surviving relative who took care of the deceased senior citizen until his/her death, or in the absence thereof, the benefactor or the foster family of the deceased senior citizen. It is proposed that the amount of benefit assistance shall be subject to 10 percent increase after two years.

Beneficiaries must be a resident of Bontoc, Mountain Province and that the wake and burial must have been done within the municipality.

To oversee and ensure the proper implementation of the ordinance, a committee shall be created to be composed of the councilor who chairs the committee on social service, municipal budget officer, president of the Municipal Federation of Senior Citizens, and the head of the Office for Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA).

Requirements to be submitted to claim the fund are death certificate of the deceased senior citizen, and barangay certification that the deceased senior citizen is a resident of the barangay.

The Scofad also passed Ordinance 2, s. 2018, revising Ordinance 116, s. 2017 regarding the composition of the of the OSCA. 

The ordinance stated that the OSCA shall be headed by a senior citizen who shall be appointed by the mayor for a term of three years without reappointment, but without prejudice to an extension not exceeding three months.

The Scofad also approved Resolution 1, s. 2018, which called on the municipal government to establish an incentive and awards program for the Best Barangay Senior Citizen Unit in town.

Anchored on Ordinance 144-A s. 2009, the resolution stated that the ordinance has been implemented during the years that mandated allocation of funds but it has been observed that the funding requirement has not been provided regularly in the municipal government’s budget in the ensuing years.

The Scofad also passed Resolution 2, s. 2018, requesting the sangguniang bayan not to schedule its regular or special meetings during the Senior Citizens Day. Data shows that the Sangguniang Bayan of Bontoc enacted Ordinance No. 144-A, s. 2009, declaring every first Monday of October as Senior Citizens Day and act as Seniors Citizens for a Day.

In their resolution, the Scofad believes that it would be best if the members of the regular sangguniang bayan will be present and interact with the Scofad for reciprocal learning process.

The Scofad also passed Resolution 3, s. 2018 seeking for the increase of financial assistance to senior citizens from P8,000 to P10,000.

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