Lawmaker seeks long-term care program for senior citizens

A LAWMAKER is pushing for the immediate passage of a bill institutionalizing a long-term care and services for the senior citizens.

Rep. Linabelle Ruth Villarica (4th District, Bulacan) authored House Bill 6133, otherwise known as “The Long-term Care for Senior Citizens Act of 2012,” which seeks to recognize the invaluable contribution of the elderly to nation building.

Villarica said the national long-term program seeks to reduce poverty and vulnerability to risks and enhance the social status and rights of senior citizens by promoting and protecting them against hazards and sudden loss of income and improving their capacity to manage risk.

Under the proposed bill “prevention and provision of support services against physical, emotional and financial abuse, sexual exploitation, neglect and abandonment of the elderly shall be established within the family and at the community level,” Villarica said.

The measure also covers programs on livelihood/job generation, which will guarantee a minimum income and shall design a way to make senior citizens productive.

The proposed bill also includes development programs that will allow senior citizens to remain actively engaged in multifarious social, economic and community activities and shall be implemented at the local level.

“Health and social services programs in all government and private hospitals as well as in local health facilities shall also be available to the elderly which includes prevention, curative and rehabilitative activities,” Villarica said.

The bill provides mandatory Philhealth coverage for non-contributory senior citizens especially the poor.

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