Issue of March 10, 2019
Mt. Province

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Bontoc council passes senior citizens code
by Alpine L. Killa

BONTOC, Mountain Province – The sangguniang panlalawigan gave its green light to this town’s Senior Citizens Code.

Among other benefits, the code increased the yearly cash assistance to each barangay from P8,000 to P10,000 and allotted a yearly assistance of P20,000 to the Municipal Federation of Senior Citizens Association. The fund must be used for programs and activities of senior citizens.

The code provides that an Office for Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) shall also be established to be headed by a senior citizen who shall be appointed by the mayor for three years without reappointment but without prejudice to an extension not exceeding three months, if there is a necessity. The OSCA head shall be chosen from a list of three nominees recommended by a general assembly of the senior citizens, or in the event of failure to do so, the nomination shall be done by the Municipal Federation of Senior Citizens who shall convene and select three nominees to be submitted to the chief executive for his consideration. The OSCA head shall be entitled to an honorarium of P4,000 per month and his office shall be allotted P15,000 a year for travel expenses.

There shall also be a Senior Citizens Incentive and Awards Program aimed to recognize the best performing barangay senior citizen associations.

A death benefit assistance of P2,000 shall be given to the nearest surviving relative who took care of the deceased senior citizen who must be a resident of Bontoc. The wake and burial must be done in the municipality.

The code also designates every first Monday of October as “Senior Citizens Day” which shall be celebrated appropriately in consultation and coordination with the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office, OSA, and the Municipal Federation of Senior Citizens.

Selected senior citizens shall act as Senior Citizens Officer for a Day (Scofad) in all elective, including ex-officio and appointive, such as heads of offices, including the sangguniang bayan secretary positions.

The code adheres to the grant of 20 percent discount and exemption from the value-added tax, if applicable, on the sale of goods and services from all establishments.

The sangguniang bayan passed the Senior Citizens Code to encapsulate the ordinances and resolutions proposed and submitted by the senior citizens who sat as Scofad during the Elderly Week celebration in October last year.

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