Senior citizens crowd around Gov. David “Jayjay” C. Suarez as he arrived at the Quezon Convention Center during the 17th Provincial Elderly Week Celebration held last October 12. The hardworking governor came from Calauag, Quezon after attending the 4th Congressional District Meet during the morning. Although busy, he made sure to attend the event to show how important the sector of the elderly is to his heart.(Quezon PIO)
Well over 6,000 senior citizens assembled at the Quezon Convention Center at Lucena City last October 12 for the 17th Provincial Elderly Week Celebration.
The elderly attendees came from all over the province, some having to endure hours of travel by land and water. The travel was worth the effort, since the celebration proved to be a lively and colorful engagement, attesting that despite their chronological age, the senior citizens of Quezon are indeed still active and young at heart.
The Provincial Government of Quezon showed its love and support to the senior citizens by arranging for them the day of merriment. The event held a raffle drawwhere 8 21-inch colored TV sets, 4 washing machines, Dura boxes, and 12 electric fans were given away. SM Ecobags with assorted giveaways inside were also presented to 25 lucky attendees. A modern and folk dance contestwas also held, wherein the competitors were elderly Quezonians.
In the “yell competition”, the following municipalities of Tayabas, Sariaya, Buenavista, and Lopezwere chosen over others.
Noteworthy guests in the persons of Congressman Sonny J. Angara,former Las Piñas Congresswoman Cynthia Villar, former Quezon 3rd District Congresswoman Aleta C. Suarez, and Zambales Congresswoman Maria Mitos H. Magsaysay also graced the celebration.
Although it was afternoon when he arrived, the good Father of Quezon, Gov. David “Jayjay” C. Suarez made the most of the remaining time. Gov. Suarez had a prior arrangement, wherein he attended the 4th Congressional District Meet held at the municipality of Calauag, Quezon in the morning. From there, the hard working governor pushed towards Lucena City to honor the assembly of senior citizens.
According to Gov. Suarez, the sector of the elderly is close to his heart, and they serve as an inspiration for the employees of the Provincial Government and himself to work hard and devise projects that they can benefit from. Gov. Suarez also took the opportunity to thank his fellow Quezonians for their active role in the success of certain programs that the Local Government set into motion. He cited Quezon’s 2-in-1 – the record-breaking planting of over 2 million mangrove propagules in one day, and the inclusion of Quezon (through the innovative Lingap Kalusugan sa Barangay project, also known as the Serbisyong Suarez Health Coupons) in the finalists vying for the prestigious Galing Pook Award.
As a gift and expression of concern, Gov. Suarez, through the Provincial Government, presented each attending municipality with Php. 10,000.00 as transportation allowance.
Congressman Sonny J. Angara reminded the senior citizens about the benefits they are entitled to. In his message, he discussed some contents of RA 994, also known as the “Expanded Senior Citizens Act” which gives the full 20% discount to the elderly. He thanked the crowd that warmly received him and asked if they could take him as an honorary “kababayan”, since his home province of Aurora used to be part of Quezon.
Former Congresswoman Cynthia Villar was very happy at how active the senior citizens in Quezon are. Mrs. Villar is a good friend of former Congresswoman Aleta C. Suarez, the mother of Gov. Suarez, and is one of the principal authors of laws addressing the needs and concerns of seniors. Mrs. Villar said that she enjoyed the program, but had to leave right after her speech because of prior arrangements which prompted her and her staff to push towards Negros Occidental.
Another guest, Zambales Congresswoman Maria “Mitos” Magsaysay who arrived together with Gov. Suarez, also gave a message. She said that lawmakers like them should serve as the voices of their constituents, delivering to the National Government their wishes and suggestions. Before she finished her talk, Magsaysay surprised the senior citizens with a donation of Php 20,000.00.
Others who were in attendance at the 17th Provincial Elderly Week Celebration are Quezon Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office OIC Sonia Leyson– whose department spearheaded the event, 2nd District Board Member Romano Franco Talaga, 3rd District Board Member Victor Reyes, 3rd District Board Member Lourdes Pasatiempo, 4th District Board Member Gerald Ortiz, SK Federation President Joanna Martija, and Provincial Administrator Rommel Edaño.
PA Edaño said that it is only right for people to love, respect, and care for the elderly as they are the witnesses of history and are wellsprings of wisdom. From them, the current generation can learn how to continue and improve the legacy that was imparted unto them. (Quezon PIO)