ANGELES CITY- More than 150 Angeleno elderlies groove to Zumba fitness as the Office for Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) celebrate the 6th anniversary of “Lakas Sigla Para Kay Lolo at Lola”, held May 17 at MarQuee Mall Activity Center.
“Lakas Sigla para kay Lolo at Lola” is a fitness program of the local government which highlights wellness activities intended for Senior Citizens to improve their physical strength, health and endurance.
The said wellness program is part of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan’s 8-point platform of governance, the Contract with the Angelenos (CWA), which he drafted when he came back as the city’s local chief executive in 2010.
“This program will help our elderlies’ maintain their physical and mental wellness. It is also a way for them to improve their ability in doing daily routines,” said Pamintuan.
The beneficiaries of the said program are the senior citizens from the different villages of Angeles City.
Gloria Salas Tanhueco, Officer-in-charge of OSCA, said that the activity is part of the city’s initiative in giving importance to the elderlies who are recognized as “valuable contributors of the society”.
Tanhueco said that “this program is one of our priorities to meet the needs of the elderlies, particularly to their health and social interaction to their fellow Senior Citizen.”
The wellness activity is being done every Mondays and Wednesdays of the month.
Meanwhile, senior citizens of the city are provided with priority lanes in all government agencies. Also, several privileges and benefits such as 20% discount and VAT exemption in accredited private establishments like amusement hubs, fast food chains, grocery stores, and convenient stores are granted to the sector.
Mandatory membership to government’s health care system is also provided as mandated by Republic Act No. 9994 and Republic Act No. 10645.
The Sangguniang Panlungsod of Angeles City, through Ordinance No. 394, grants free movie privilege twice a week during Mondays and Tuesdays (first and second screening time ) in all mallsv within the city.
In order to avail the said benefits, the senior citizen or his/her authorized representative shall present a valid and original Senior Citizens’ Identification Card available at the OSCA.
For his part, Mayor Pamintuan urges all villages to include and encourage elderly sectors to participate in the said project. Concerned individuals may contact OSCA through Ann Pabalan at 0955-359-5685.
(With reports from Donna Mae Carreon and Feliz Estrada)