Wisdom comes with age: Lapid wants elderly to play big role in governance
Senator Lito Lapid wants the “presence and voice” of senior citizens in local governance and legislation.
He filed Senate Bill No. 1169 which calls for the mandatory sectoral representation of senior citizens in all local government legislative councils, from the barangay level up to the provincial sanggunian.
“There is no better way to address the country’s ageing population than to involve our senior citizens in policy-making and agenda setting from the grassroots-level to the highest levels of local governance,” he said.
Lapid said that senior citizens can still be productive members of the society and that local government units should involve them more in crafting of local ordinances and local government-led initiatives that cater to their needs and concerns.
“Ang ating mga senior citizens ay marami nang kaalaman at pinagdaanan sa buhay na maari nilang maibahagi sa ating mga sanggunian,” he said.
“Gusto natin silang bigyan ng boses sa mga konseho upang mas marinig ang kanilang mga hinaing at gayundin nang mas maramdaman nila na sila ay nananatiling mga produktibong kasapi ng ating lipunan,” he said.
Under SBN 1169, there should be one senior citizen representative in every barangay sanggunian, municipal or city sanggunian and provincial sanggunian.
The senior citizen representative to the Sangguniang Barangay should be elected by the duly recognized association of all senior citizens in the said barangay.
On the other hand, the elderly representative to the Sangguniang Bayan o Panglungsod should be elected by the senior citizen representatives of all the sangguniang barangay in the said municipality or city, while the elderly representative to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan should be elected by the senior citizen representatives of all the sangguniang bayan in the said province.