In celebration of Elderly Filipino Week, which is observed every October, the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte, spearheaded by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), successfully distributed relief goods to 1,304 vaccinated Senior Citizens in the municipality of Bacolod, LDN.
Instead of organizing a grand celebration for the elderly during this pandemic, the PSWDO, headed by Ms. Anabelle Mendez, proposed the idea of giving them five (5) kilos of rice and Bear Brand Adult Plus milk to Governor Imelda’ Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo, which she instantly approved.
This activity also serves as the avenue for the Provincial Government to encourage our Senior Citizens to get vaccinated. Amid the increasing cases of COVID-19 in the province, paired with the rising threat of the different COVID-19 variants, the PGLDN has been pushing vaccination progress among senior citizens.
“Daghang salamat Gov. Angging og sa PSWDO sa inyong gihatag sa amoang mga vaccinated senior citizens. Unta maka dugang kini sa among proteksyon og kahimsog batok sa COVID-19,” one of the elderly recepient said.
Also present during the distribution activity and to ensure that the crowd maintained health protocols were the Municipal Police, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, and the PGO-CAD Coordinator of Bacolod, Mr. Apolonio Bacalares.
“People’s immune system tends to weaken with age, which makes it harder for older people to fight off infections. Thus, it is crucial for us to protect our elderly and urge them to be vaccinated to gain additional protection from the deadly COVID-19. Additionally, I would like to thank all the senior citizens who took the leap of faith and trusted our government and health workers in the fight against our unseen enemy,” Governor Angging said.
All vaccinated Senior Citizens in other municipalities are advised to inquire to their respective MSWDOs for their schedule of distribution. PIO-LDN