The Local Government Unit (LGU), Non-Government Organizations (NGO’s) and Municipal Social Welfare and Development (MSWD) of the Municipality of Santa Barbara celebrated the Elderly Filipino Week (EFW) last October 7 to 11, held at Santa Barbara Covered Gym.
Members of senior citizen associations from different zones and barangays of the town gathered for this weeklong celebration to highlight their role in nation building.
“Rako gd mga aktibidades para sa senior. Makapoy pay sadya man ah, daw mabatyagan mo gd na ginataw-an kaw ka gobyerno ka importansya,” according to a 79-year-old participant, Felicidad Silarde.
This year’s theme: “Ang Nakakatanda ay Yaman, Katuwang sa Pag Unlad ng Bayan, Paalagaan Kanilang Karapatan” (The elderly are treasures in the development of our Nation, their rights should be protected) focuses the need to continuously promote and protect the rights and welfare of the older persons.
The program was attended by Hon. Gov. Arthur D. Defensor, Sr., DSWD Regional Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre, CESO III and 2nd District Board Member Hon. June Mondejar.
The EFW celebration is pursuant to Proclamation No. 470 issued by former President Fidel V. Ramos on September 26, 1994. The event aims to increase public awareness on the different issues concerning the older persons’ sector.
Health and fitness tips
Free haircut and massage
Folk Dance Competition
Mutya ng Elderly 2014