Bill defines the qualifications of person aspiring to head OSCA

HOUSE Deputy Majority Leader Mar-Len Abigail Binay (2nd District, Makati City) is pushing for the immediate approval of a bill defining the qualifications of persons who will be nominated to head the Office for Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA).

Binay, author of House Bill 2759, said the OSCA head is an inevitable position imbued with responsibility and the power to highlight social concern.

“OSCA head is a coveted position and the law failed to mention the most basic requirement, an OSCA head should possess,” Binay said.

The bill seeks to amend Section 6 of Republic Act 9994, otherwise known as the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.

At present, RA 9994 allows any senior citizen to head the OSCA for a term of three years and entitled to an honorarium upon the approval of the local government unit concerned.

Under the bill, those to be nominated to head the OSCA should be a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the local government unit concerned, a registered voter of the city or municipality, of good moral character, able to read and write, and a bona fide member of a duly accredited senior citizens group for at least three years on the day of nomination.

“Under the law, the OSCA head is to be chosen from a list of three nominees as recommended by a general assembly of senior citizens organizations in the city or municipality,” Binay said.

“Keeping in mind the welfare of the senior citizens within the local communities and ensuring that they are well-represented, the law must define basic eligibility requirements for the position of OSCA head,” Binay added.

RA 9994 mandates the establishment of an Office for Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) in all cities and municipalities all over the country.

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