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Long-term care for seniors in Phl pushed
Rep. Estrellita Suansing of Nueva Ecija Province said House Bill 3710 recognizes senior citizens for their invaluable contribution to nation building.
"The State should engage in a more vigorous role in protection, preserving and even improving the welfare of senior citizens in the country. Such is also in line with the Filipinos’ age-old custom of revering our elderly relatives up to the end of their days," Suansing said.
The measure, to be known as the Long-Term Care for Senior Citizens Act of 2013, shall have an integrated and innovative elderly-focused health and social services under the National Long-Term Care Program for Senior Citizens made available at the local level.
The lady lawmaker said the National Long-Term Care Program shall include mainstreaming activities such as lifelong, education programs for aging preparation and non-formal education at the local level for the senior citizens.
"Development programs, which will allow senior citizens to remain actively engaged in as many social, economic and community activities as possible, shall form part of the national long-term care program," Suansing said.
Particular emphasis shall be made on disease prevention, health promotion and wellness of mind, body and spirit.
Health services shall comprise preventive, curative and rehabilitative health care services in all government and private hospitals, local health facilities and other community-based facilities.
Suansing pushed for the immediate passage of the bill saying it "will reduce poverty and vulnerability to risks of senior citizens, as well as enhance their social status and rights, promoting and protecting them against hazards and sudden loss of income, and improving their capacity to manage risk."