Special social sectors

April 23, 2020

THROUGH quiet work, Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso is showing that his administration is really concerned over the welfare of members of the country’s special social sectors.

They include the handicapped, otherwise known as “persons with disability” (PWDs), and the elderly or “senior citizens,” whose capacity for a more meaningful aging must be fostered.

Like other well-meaning people, we cannot overemphasize the importance of furthering the interests of the nation’s growing army of disabled and senior citizens, who are 60 years old and above.

After releasing the funds to cover the three-month (January to March) pension of senior citizens, Moreno, a former scavenger, said the handicapped will also receive the same amount as the elderly.

Reports said an elderly in the country’s premier city receives a monthly pension of P500. The budget for the more than 65,000 senior citizens in Manila is P97 million.

Data from the city’s Social Welfare Department, headed by Re Fugoso, showed that there are 4,681 handicapped in Manila.

The provision of cash allowances to the elderly and the disabled is contained in two ordinances, which were approved by the city council under Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna and Majority Leader Joel Chua.

The council’s majority bloc supported the passage of Ordinance Nos. 8564 and 8565, which took effect beginning last January.

The grant of cash assistance to senior citizens, disabled and even students of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and Unibersidad de Manila is part of Moreno’s social amelioration stimulus package for deserving Manilans.

The students are supposed to use the money for their studies, but since there are no classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Moreno urged the recipients to use it to meet the family’s basic needs.

In the view of many, the highly-articulate entertainer-turned-mayor is on the right path in advancing the interests of PWDs, senior citizens, students and other unfortunate members of society.