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    Bill granting aliens same perks Filipinos enjoy pushed

    A FILIPINO lawmaker on Sunday said he is seeking to extend to elderly resident aliens the same privileges granted to senior citizens under the Expanded Senior Citizens Law, making the Philippines more of a fun place to live for elderly Americans, Japanese, British and other foreign nationals who have taken up permanent residence in the country.
    Rep. Rufus B. Rodriguez of Cagayan de Oro City said this is a sector of elderly members in the society that has been overlooked even if their contributions have been just as relevant and considerable.
    "These are foreign nationals who have relocated to the Philippines and chosen the country as their own second home," said Rodriguez, author of House Bill 4191.
    He said some of them have come for commercial purposes, established their own businesses, or have settled as retirees or immigrants in the country for personal or family reasons.
    "During their stay, they have brought in considerable investments, patronized local businesses, contributed to the local economy, and in some cases have taken a role in nation building," Rodriguez said.
    The measure if enacted into law will grant resident aliens residing in the Philippines who are at least 60 years of age the same privileges enjoyed by senior citizens under Republic Act (RA) 7432, as amended by RA 9994.
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