CATARMAN, Northern Samar-In line with the province’s 59th founding anniversary, the provincial government of Northern Samar through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWO) honored the elderly in the province held at the Capitol Covered Court on June 2.

Aside from receiving food packs, hygiene kits, and vegetable seeds, the elderly availed of various services which include medical and dental check-up with free medicines and vitamins, pedicure, manicure, haircut and body massage, blood typing and hemoglobin test.

The senior citizens were also given the chance for an online registration to the National Commission of Senior Citizens (NCSC) and received flyers for the availment of PhilHealth benefits and packages.

“Today is all about you, savor the delight treats and the welcoming atmosphere created just for this occasion. Enjoy the company of fellow seniors, share stories and laughter, and create new memories together,” said Jhen Darish of the Provincial Social Welfare Office.

Making them aware and informed of the basic healthy living, Dr. John Ezekiel Valera of the Provincial Health Office discussed the Usapang Healthy Aging, while PHO Senior Citizen Focal Shirley Alba presented the Most Common Chronic Diseases in Older Age.

Lynette Lapara, the PHO Mental Health Program Focal, talked on Usapang Mental Health while an orientation on PhilHealth Benefit Packages and Availment Process was given by Joan Manalili, chief social insurance officer of PhilHealth Northern Samar.

As he recognized the valuable contribution of the elderly, Vice Governor Clarence Dato extended his appreciation and gratitude to the elderly acknowledging the vast knowledge we learned from them.

“Your rich experiences, the wisdom and love imparted are our guide and the foundation which made the community vibrant,” Dato said in his inspirational message.

The day ended with the awarding of certificates to the speakers, stakeholders, participating LGUs and the seniors.
(AND, PIA-Northern Samar)