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Eleazar vows to increase pension of indigent senior citizens

By: - Contributor / @inquirerdotnet
05:24 PM April 24, 2022

Senatorial candidate Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar is eyeing an increase on the pension of indigent senior citizens should he win in the coming senatorial race.

With the rising prices of basic goods and services, Eleazar believes that it was time to increase their pension to help them purchase their needs, especially medicines.

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“Kung ako ay palaring makaupo sa Senado, isa sa magiging prayoridad ko ang kapakanan ng ating mga senior citizens at kasama na nga dito ang pagtaas ng kanilang pension kada buwan. Marami sa ating mga lolo at lola ay dito na lamang umaasa sa kanilang pension para makabili ng kanilang mga gamot. Tumataas ang bilihin pero hindi ang kanilang pension kaya’t ito ang ating isusulong sa Senado,” said Eleazar.

“Malinaw na hindi sapat ang pension ng mga senior citizen ngayon kung ikukumpara sa laki rin ng gastos nila lalo na sa aspetong medikal. Malaking tulong sa kanila, maging sa kanilang pamilya, kung madadagdagan ang kanilang pension kada buwan,” he added.

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Senior citizens are getting at least P500 for their monthly pension.

Aside from increasing the monthly pension, Eleazar said he would improve the health services in barangays for the benefit of senior citizens.

“Dapat ilapit sa ating mga lolo at lola ang mga serbisyong medikal upang hindi na sila bumiyahe pa sa malalayong ospital para magpatingin sa doktor o magpagamot. Kailangan ng mas maayos na access para sa kanilang pangangailangang medikal upang hindi na sila mahirapan pa,” Eleazar said.

The retired police general added that he would be open in giving opportunities for the elderlies if they still want to work despite their age.

“Hindi dapat magkaroon ng diskriminasyon sa trabaho dahil lamang sa edad. Kung kaya pa naman nila, hahayaan natin silang tahakin ang karerang gusto nila,” Eleazar said.

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