SCOFADs propose geriatrics health care, other welfare programs

Members of the Senior Citizens Officials-for-a-Day (SCOFAD) executive department led by SCOFAD Mayor Betty Lourdes Tabanda last Monday addressed concerns and came up with sound orders addressing their own sector’s welfare including the adoption and implementation of a geriatrics health care program for the city’s elderly.

Tabanda, an old hand at the city council, issued an administrative order directing the City Health Services Office to formulate and implement said program saying it is high time for the city to adopt such program for the elderly to make available to them medical and rehabilitation services through the various health centers in the city as is being practiced in existing health programs for the other age groups like the pre-natal, under 5 and teenagers.

“At present, a significant number of senior citizens have various illness (any many of them) cannot afford the medical services and rehabilitation programs at private clinics and hospitals on a regular basis, neither do they have the strength to queue for these services in the government hospitals,” Tabanda noted.  

The CHSO was also directed to include in its procurement plan medicines, vaccines and equipment necessary to implement the geriatrics program.

Tabanda’s order was supported by Mayor Mauricio Domogan who adopted the same for implementation. 

In another move, she also wrote the City Environment and Parks Management Office to follow-up the commitment of a big department store in the city to rehabilitate the Burnham Park Children’s Playground to upgrade the facilities and ensure the safety of the users.

Convening her department heads before their tour of duty ended, Tabanda also took note of the concerns raised by each  executive for-a-day among which the possibility of granting social pension for the underprivileged senior citizens as raised by SCOFAD City Social Welfare Officer Amparo Naparan and the hike in the Social Security System pension to at least 5,000. As broached by SCOFAD City Accountant Florenda Bayuga.

SCOFAD City Environment Parks Management Officer Marilyn Salvatera called for the sustainment of the Balili River rehabilitation project while SCOFAD City Administrator Magdalena Gapuz  advocated for the extension of the public utility jeepney service to until 10 p.m. as well as the adoption of proper dressing and grooming by the drivers.

SCOFAD General Services Officer agreed with Mayor Domogan’s suggestion for the elderly to play an active role in instilling discipline in their own families and communities through the teaching of proper values including compliance to the rules on waste segregation and dumping.

The sector can also contribute to the abatement of the squatting problem which SCOFAD City Building Official Antonio Cortes Jr. agreed is a serious concern of the city.

The executive team also tackled issues and concerns raised by the rest of the SCOFAD department heads namely SCOFADs Civil Registry Officer Filomena Bacwaden; Assessor Estrellita Biagtas; Auditor Epifania Tamiao; Budget Officer Glory Calica; Dep-Ed Marina Gawe; Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG-City Field Office) Aguiles de Jesus; City Engineer Edmundo Manguba; General Services Officer Estrellita Jamon; Health Services Officer Rosie Urbino; Human Resource and Management Officer Rosaline Gomez; Planning and Development Officer Rodolfo Avila; City Treasurer Zenaida Carandang; and City Veterinary Office Carmelita Alip. – Aileen P. Refuerzo


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