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Fund aid to senior citizens set June 26

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