BUILDING FOR SENIORS. Cotabato City Mayor Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi (2nd from right) leads the groundbreaking of a building intended for the activities and programs of the city’s senior citizens on Thursday (March 28). (Photo courtesy of Cotabato CIO)
COTABATO CITY -- The city government and a party list representative launched on Thursday the construction of a PHP10-million building that elders can call their own.
The building, once completed, will cater to all programs and activities of the city’s senior citizens’ population.
Cotabato City Mayor Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi said the project was made possible with funding assistance from Senior Citizen Party-list Representative Francisco Datul.
The structure would be erected along Datu Udtog Matalam St., just beside the new city hall. Sayadi said the project will primarily house the Senior Citizens’ Office, which is currently inside the city hall building.
She said the structure will be the venue for many skills training, livelihood activities, and others that will be undertaken by the city’s elderly constituents.
“As a city that promotes productivity among all its citizens, regardless of age and status, our senior citizens are entitled to programs of the government that will help them remain useful to the society,” the mayor said during the groundbreaking ceremony.
The elders would be taught simple tasks like bag- and rug-making out of recyclable materials, which can be sold to help them gain income, among others.
Sayadi said the city government is willing to assist in the activities of the senior citizens once the building is completed.
“At least our senior citizens can now have a place of their own where they can conduct all their activities,” she said, adding that the city social welfare office may use the structure during pension payout for senior citizens.
Sayadi noted that the city government is not only currently implementing programs that are beneficial to its elderly constituents but also religiously carries out programs of the national government for senior citizens.
One of which is the awarding of centenarians in the city with PHP100,000 cash, the mayor said.