TAGUIG CITY – The Taguig City government on Monday inaugurated a new facility intended for more than 60,000 senior citizens in the city, a report by Manila Standard said.
Located along Ipil-Ipil Street in Barangay North Signal village, the five-story center also features a therapy pool, sauna, massage area, gym, yoga and ballroom space, multipurpose halls, PWD-friendly comfort rooms, conference rooms, offices, a pantry, and an elevator.
Elderly people can enjoy massage, yoga, ballroom dancing, swimming, and other activities to relax safely — all for free — in the wellness hub.
Taguig City Mayor Laarni Cayetano said the city government constructed the establishment for senior citizens’ meetings, casual gatherings, and days off from grandpa and grandma duties at home.
“We are a ‘probinsyudad,’ and that means we don’t leave our values behind even as we aim high. That means elders have an esteemed place in this city. This building is our way of reflecting that ― a place where they can enjoy, pamper themselves, build their circles,” Cayetano said.
The first floor of the building showcases a therapy pool, where senior citizens can do exercises for pain relief, improved balance, and strength and flexibility, as well as a conference room, offices, clinic, pantry, and restrooms for persons with disabilities.
The second floor sports a massage room and two saunas. Seniors can do ballroom dancing, yoga, or and gym in the area. The city government also created a waiting lounge for seniors to read or just relax.
The third and fourth floors have multipurpose halls that can be repurposed for town hall events. It also has loads of boardgames including chess and Scrabble.
Meanwhile, the fifth floor has a cinema with cozy couches for movie mavens. The exit opens into the rooftop garden that makes one appreciate life in the “probinsyudad.”
The center has ramps for those coming in wheelchairs. While stairs connect the floors, an elevator is on standby for those with mobility challenges.
There are friendly and hospitable staff in the center to serve their elderly people. A clinic is also manned with medical personnel to respond to their needs.
“It’s a small way of thanking the elderly for everything they contributed in their youth, and even now, to the progress of Taguig City. They deserve our respect and gratitude. We are merely giving back to them by giving them a safe space,” Cayetano added.