Makati seniors slam ‘insensitive’ City Hall.
THE relationship between the over 80,000 senior citizens of Makati and the administration of Mayor Abigail Binay-Campos has reportedly turned “cold and icy” over the alleged “insensitivity” to their plight of their local chief executive.
According to Barangay Council of Senior Citizens (BCSC) Brgy. San Antonio Chapter chairperson Matea Benavidez, the absence of Mayor Campos in the senior citizens sportsfest held recently in their village was the “latest in a string of incidents” that have disappointed the city's senior citizens, who in the past could always rely on the assistance and support of City Hall.
“Mula pa sa panahon ni VP [former Vice President and Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay] hanggang sa pag-upo ng anak nyang si Mayor Junjun [Binay], alam namin na kakampi namin ang Mayor, na may matatakbuhan kami kung may problema ang seniors.
“Ngayon, wala na," said Benavidez, a longtime Makati resident and neighbor of the Binays in Bgy. San Antonio.
Gaudelia Walde, the Tejeros Chapter Chairperson of the BCSC, pointed out that the “insensitivity” of Mayor Campos was evident in the unreasonable rules pertaining to the release of senior citizens cash incentives.
“It's so problematic, they're making it more difficult for seniors to claim their benefits.” The incentive should be personally claimed, City Hall insists.
“The only ones exempted are those who are bedridden and those with disabilities, or those confined in a hospital -- and they would have to submit evidence too that they cannot personally go to City Hall,” Walde averred.
Walde stressed, however, that older Makati residents had difficulty with their mobility because of their advanced age.
“(But) Even if they don't have a disability or are not bedridden, it is still difficult for our seniors to line up in basketball courts or wherever in the barangay to get their cash. They should be able to authorize other people, but even authorizing someone else to claim the benefit is difficult as well,” she claimed.
Senior citizens who need to designate a representative to claim their cash incentive must properly accomplish and sign an official authorization form issued by the Makati City Hall.
After securing the required signatures, the form must then be returned to City Hall for approval before the senior's representative can claim the cash incentive on behalf of the Blu cardholder.
“The rules are so unreasonable. Mas maayos at mas madali ang sistema dati,” said BCSC Brgy. Carmona Chapter Chairperson Carmen Hachero.
Hachero added that such problems were “unheard of” during the terms of Mayor Junjun Binay or his father, “as the Binays always have a heart for Makati's senior citizens.”
“The comfort of Makati seniors was always a priority for Mayor Junjun and VP. They took care of us.
“Kaya itong nangyayari ngayon, ang pagpila ng mga seniors para sa cash incentives, ang pagpila para sa Makatizen card, di ko maisip na mangyayari ang ganito sa ilalim ng isang Binay… Nakakadismaya,” Hachero added.