Participated by over 800 senior citizens in Cagayan de Oro city, the Elderly Filipino Week celebration of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) and Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development-10 (DSWD) culminated on October 12 with the awarding of centenarians, games and contests.
“We are what we are today tungod sa inyong pagpaningkamot (We are what we are today because of your endeavor),” City Mayor Oscar Moreno referred to the senior citizens during the event.
He also said that the elderly do not gather in a group just to discuss the discounts and privileges since it is a right rather they join in groups because it is “through the association where they find a feeling of attachment, belonging to the group.” The association is where they can interact with people whom they can relate to and share stories of success or problems.
Meanwhile, Del Monte Philippines, Inc. retiree Estrella Mangubat, 71, cited the significance of celebrating the elderly week saying, “Importante ni siya kay in the first place, ang mga senior citizen shorter time na ang imong life sa dinhi so at least you are given the chance to enjoy other people and entertainment.”
(This is important because in the first place, the senior citizens only have shorter time in their lives here so at least we are given the chance to enjoy other people as well as the entertainment.)
She also said, “I am very thankful that there are these kinds of group nga nagpakabana, nga concerned sa mga senior citizen, at least nakita nila how important is the senior citizen to them (I am very thankful that there are these kinds of people who initiate and are concerned to the senior citizens. At least they have seen how important the senior citizen is to them.)
For his part, Ronald B. Alli, 73, president of the Bulua Chapter Senior Citizens Association, said that the celebration unites the senior citizens in the city and hopefully it will be grander next year to serve all the members of every association.
The celebration also highlighted the centenarians in the city namely, Eulalia B. Velez, 102, Jovita G. Tabor, 100, Tolentina D. Tumapon, 100, and Francisca M. Villamil, 100. Each received a plaque and P20,000 cash from Moreno.
With the theme, “Pagmamahal at Respeto ng Nakababata, Nagpapalilgaya sa Nakatatanda,” the celebration for the senior citizens aims to recognize the vital role of the sector in the society as well as their contributions in nation-building. It also highlights awareness and advocacy on elder abuse prevention.(RTP/PIA10)