The distribution of P3,000 financial assistance
to Cebu City elders for the second quarter (April-June) of 2021 is tentatively
scheduled on June 26, said Jeffrey Ocampo, the chief of the Office of the
Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA).
Ocampo said that is only tentative because he
is still waiting for the final approval of Mayor Edgardo C. Labella who really
cares for the welfare of the senior citizens, 60 years old and above.
Cebu City has about 84,000 senior citizens who
are receiving P1,000 a month of P3,000 every quarter, a big part of the Local
Government Unit’s (LGU) annual budget.
Ocampo said that aside from financial
assistance, OSCA is also lining up proposed projects for home for the aged,
senior citizens’ park, senior citizens’ garden, senior’ hospital, and senior
citizens’ livelihood, among others.
He said that the City of Cebu must have a Home
for the Aged building because that is a law passed by Congress, under Republic
Act (RA) 994 which mandates all LGUs.
“In one way or the other, this is actually a
good project because it will benefit the senior citizens. This home for the
aged must be conducive to living. Our concept is for it to be like a resort and
at the same time a garden of flowers or vegetables,” Ocampo said.
Recently, Ocampo accompanied the group called
Kasugiran Sugbo (Legends of Cebu) to the 9-hectare Rise and Rebuild Foundation
in Sogod, Cebu which plants fruits and vegetables, raises livestock and marine
life to be given to the people.
Ocampo said Kasugiran Sugbo will adopt the best
practices of Rise and Rebuild Foundation to increase food production amid
Covid-19. A 20-hectare land in Barangay Guba is now being reserved for the
construction of the Home for the Aged. ELIAS O. BAQUERO