SCOFAD takes over city hall on Monday

Thirty-seven (37) Senior Citizens for a day (SCOFAD) take over city hall this Monday, October 1, as part of the celebration of Filipino elderly month.

The Senior Citizen officials were screened by the City Social Welfare and Development Office as secretariat represented by Coralie Dulnuan, with members from other offices.

Before the assumption of office, a thorough orientation on their functions was conducted by Sangguniang Panlalawigan staff Jonalyn Pagada last week.

Senior Citizen (SC) Victorio Afalla is Congressman for a day, Atty. Betty Lourdes Tabanda is City Mayor while Andrew Sagandoy takes over Vice-Mayor Edison Bilog’s office.

The city council committee and respective chairpersons are: Public Utilities and Transportation, (SC) Patricio Evangelista; Women, Social Services and Urban Poor, Felicidad Piquero; Urban Planning, Lands and Housing, Alexander Wasian; Tourism and Special Events, Ma. Fatima Pacis; Education, Culture and Historical Research, Loreto Calderon; Public Protection, Carol Domalsin; Laws, Fe Avila;

Market, Trade and Commerce, SC Reynaldo Villacarlos; Employment Cooperatives and Livelihood, Shirley Arukod; Health and Sanitation, Elsie Godoy, Employment and Government Affairs and Personnel, Wilfredo Mina; Public Works, Alfredo Aberin; Barangay Affairs, Ma. Concepcion Visperas; and Sangguniang Kabataan, Clarita Soriano.

The SC councilors shall hold session Monday afternoon to craft resolutions and ordinances beneficial to their group and to the community as a whole.

The City Accounting office would have SC Florenda Bayuga as department head for a day; City Administrator, Magdalena Gapuz; Assessor, Estrellita Biagtas; Auditor, Epifania Tamiao; Budget Officer, Glory Calica; City Building and Architecture Officer, Antonio Cortes, Jr.;

The Civil Registry Office will be taken over by Filomena Bacwaden; Dep-Ed, Marina Gawe; Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG-City Field Office), Aguiles de Jesus; Engineers Office, Edmundo Manguba; City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO), Marilyn Salvatera; General Services Office (GSO), Estrellita Jamon; Health Services Office (HSO), Rosie Urbino; Human Resource and Management Office, Rosaline Gomez; Planning and Development Office, Rodolfo Avila; City Secretary Flordeliza Lagera; City Social Welfare and Development, Amparo Naparan; City Treasurer Zenaida Carandang; and City Veterinary Office, Carmelita Alip.

The SCOFAD kicks off elderly month activities which includes an opening program and grand parade, recognition of Baguio centenarians, awarding of outstanding senior citizens, a walk for life and palaro, renewal of vows of senior citizen couples, pista sa nayon; recognition of Lakan at Lakambini and talent contest with highlights on indigenous styles of lyrical poem and song, the “Daniw.”

All activities are anchored on the theme, “Kilalanin at Parangalan: Tagapagsulong ng Karapatan ng Nakatatanda Tungo Sa Lipunang Mapagkalinga.”

RA 10868, crafted to honor Senior Citizens also declared the first week of October as Elderly Filipino Week. – juliegfianza with reports from the CSWDO