City initiates center for elderly PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 April 2011 15:16

While the city government is embarking on a massive school building program to ensure the future of the young, it is also equally concerned of the plight of senior citizens through the construction of centers for elderly in various barangays.

Already, two centers for the elderly have been inaugurated and turned over to the Federation of Senior Citizens: first in barangay Vitali last March 22 and the second in barangay Culianan, Thursday, April 14, with no less than Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo as guest of honor.

These centers will be managed by the City Social Welfare Office under Francisco Barredo, who is in charge of senior citizens affairs.

Mayor Celso Lobregat said embarking on the construction of the centers for senior citizens is proof that his administration is looking after the needs of all sectors—from the young to the old.

“Soon we will be inaugurating the third center for the elderly and this will be in Ayala”, the mayor said during the unveiling of the P1.06 million Culianan Center for Elderly with Sec. Robredo as guest. “More will follow in the days to come”.

The Ayala center for elderly is halfway in its construction inside the government complex in barangay Ayala.

The fourth project will be in Sta. Maria specifically the site beside the health center.
City Social Welfare and Development Officer Francisco Barredo said the centers for the elderly will serve as the office and recreational center of senior citizens in the areas or barangays concerned. “This is giving our senior citizens the attention that they need and deserve. With the center for the elderly, our senior citizens will enjoy the comfort and convenience of an attractively built center where they can converge”.

As this developed, senior citizens have expressed appreciation to Mayor Lobregat and the city government of Zamboanga for looking after their needs.

“Bien grande gayot este ayuda canamon maga de edad”, the president of the Vitali Senior Citizens Federation said. “Ta rindi gayot came gracias con Mayor Lobregat cay hinde gayot ele ta olbida canamon”.

Lobregat stressed that the massive infrastructure program that his administration undertakes does not only cover one or two sectors but all sectors and groups with the intention of enhancing delivery of services in the different barangays.

Like the school buildings, barangay halls, police and fire stations and other infrastructures that the city builds, the centers for elderly are aesthetically designed, less costly and quality facilities. — Sheila Covarrubias