Malaybalay honors its elderly

MALAYBALAY CITY—More than a thousand senior citizens from 46 barangays
of Malaybalay City have gathered here on October 14, at the City
Covered Court in culmination of the Elderly Filipino Week.

The event, spearheaded by the Malaybalay City Federation of Senior
Citizens Association (MCFSCA) and Malaybalay City’s Department of
Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), was marked with a mass and
ecumenical service, a motorcade around the poblacion, and a program.

During trhe program in the morning former city councillor Amado C.
Estrada, Office of the Senio Citizens Association president gave
opening remarks and Andres C. Jacutin Sr, MCFSCA president, gave the
closing remarks.

Virginia I. Flores, city social welfare and development officer,
lawyer Araceli F. Solamillo, DSWD regional director, Councilor Jay
Warren Pabillaran, and Councilor Tita Perla Rubio also spoke during
the program.

Rep. Florencio T. Flores, Jr., delivered the key speech with the theme
“Nakatatanda: Kaagapay sa Pagkakaisa at Kapayapaan.”

In the afternoon, participants showcased talents through chorale
contest, dance sport and parlor games.

The OSCA board of directors came up with the planning of the event,
according to Jacutin. He added that a minimum of 20 senior citizens
per barangay were requested to attend together with their barangay
chairmen and a barangay councillor for each barangay.

At one corner at the venue, Malaybalay City Health Office nurses were
offering blood pressure measurement. Also more than 2,400 eyeglasses
were available for distribution, a project of Mayor Ignacio W. Zubiri,
according to Grace Lingcasan, health education and promotion officer.

Lingcasan said that four months prior to the event a team from City
Health Office in collaboration with four optometrists—Teresita
Mercado, Raymund Reyes, Alma Exconde and Donato Lagumbay, covered the
46 barangays in Malaybalay to conduct eye examination and prescribe
glasses.

About 15 participants from Barangay Kibalabag, a three-hour walk from
the poblacion and adjacent to Barangay Can-ayan, rode habal-habal to
attend the event. The barangay’s service vehicle was in a repair shop.

The eldest among the barangay’s participants was a 102-year old man
who makes his own herbal preparations from tree roots which he takes
when sick.

When asked about his opinion of the event Edgardo Magdales Jr.,61, a
participant, said he is happy of the recognition given to the senior
citizens. (Hazel A. Generalao/Bukidnon News)

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