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Mayor Honey orders review, update of senior citizens’ list in Manila

Honey Lacuna
Mayor Honey Lacuna directs the Office of Senior Citizens' Affairs to make a thorough review and update of the list of senior citizens in the city of Manila. (JERRY S. TAN)

A thorough review of the list of senior citizens in Manila was ordered by Mayor Honey Lacuna.

The directive was given to Office of Senior Citizens’ Affairs (OSCA) chief Elinor Jacinto, after the mayor’s office received reports that some of those in the list are actually no longer living in Manila and to update it too.

This, according to Lacuna, is the reason why the OSCA requires the personal appearance of the senior citizens whenever their monthly financial aid is being handed out by the city government of Manila.

Citing the reports and also based on initial findings, Lacuna said that there are also some senior citizens who are doubly registered, meaning, they are registered in not just one barangay.

She assured those who have become inactive based on files on the account of incomplete details that they will be fully assisted by the city.

In fact, Lacuna said, many senior citizens have already sought assistance from the OSCA office to fill out the details necessary for them to be included in the list of recipients of the monthly cash assistance being given by the local government.

The lady mayor said that certain staff have been assigned to assist the elderly in this aspect, since not all of them, specially those who are indigents or who live alone, have any access to computers or the necessary know-how.

“Madami na ang nagtungo at natugunan naman ang kanilang problema tungkol sa masterlist. May mga pinagagamit tayong laptops or computers para malutas kaagad ang mga ganyang problema,” she said.

Lacuna added: “Kapag pananalapi kasi, maingat po kami, kaya ibinababa namin sa mga barangay para walang dahilan na di nila makuha. Kasi, nakikita namin sa listahan ipagpaumanhin ninyo, may mga pagkakaton di na taga-Maynila.”

The lady mayor also cited instances when an elderly is registered in his own barangay and then again registers in the barangay of one of his children.

This, she said, makes if difficult to track which is why the ordinance specifically required personal appearance on the part of the recipients whenever payout is made.

Once the senior citizen is included in the masterlist, Lacuna said there is no reason why their allowances should not be given to them once they are available.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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