ANGELES CITY – A total of 1,183 senior citizens — 531 registered bedridden and 652, aged 90-99, years from the 33 barangays — are set to receive P3,000 financial assistance, and 3-month supply of Vitamin C supplements beginning on Dec. 5, 2023.
This is part of the elderly program of the city government under the leadership of Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Jr., which will be distributed via house-to-house.
Mayor Lazatin said this is to continue prioritizing the needs of the senior citizens, especially those who are already bedridden.
“Patuloy po nating lilingapin ang kalusugan at kapakanan ng ating mga senior citizens. Simula po noong 2019 ginagawa na po natin ito, tayo po ang bumibisita mismo sa bawat bahay upang ihatid ang mga tulong sa pamamagitan ng mga programa natin para sa kanila,” Mayor Lazatin said.
The distribution of the assistance will kick-off in Barangay Sapangato with 37 bedridden senior citizens and 90-99 years old elderly, followed by Barangay Margot with 17 senior-beneficiaries on December 6; and 39 seniors in Barangay Anunas on December 13.
Apart from the assistance, bedridden elderly will also receive free medical check-ups and laboratory tests that will be provided by the City Health Office, led by Dr. Verona Guevarra, and Angeles City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, headed by Rodolfo Simeon.
Eduardo Torres, Office for Senior Citizens Affairs Head, explained that Mayor Lazatin will personally distribute the financial assistance, and Vitamin C supplements.
“Ang bilin po ni Mayor Lazatin ay mabigyan po lahat ng rehistradong bedridden seniors ng ipinapamigay nating vitamins, at cash assistance,” Torres explained.
To recall, Torres also said this initiative to deliver the house-to-house assistance started only during Lazatin’s stint.
The welfare of the elderly has been a priority of Mayor Lazatin, administering free vaccines against flu and pneumonia with a total of 13,000 senior citizens availing the Anti-Flu and Anti-Pneumonia vaccination last October 2023.
Last January 2023, 48,439 registered senior citizens in the 33 barangays received P1,000 financial assistance and Vitamin C supplements from the city government.
Lazatin started this program in 2019 as a fulfillment of his campaign promise.