Saturday, December 16, 2017

Synchronized Chapter Election for Senior Citizens in Iligan City

(Friday, 10th day of March 2017)

 

ILIGAN CITY – – Pursuant to the Executive Order 21 signed by Mayor Celso G. Regencia, directing the conduct of the 2017 Synchronized Chapter election for Senior Citizens in Iligan City, a meeting was conducted and presided by Atty. Rafael Benedictos Jr., Chief of Staff of the City Mayor’s Office.

During the said meeting, members of the FSCAP (Federation of Senior Citizens Associations of the Philippines) were in attendance, along with City Social Welfare & Development (CSWD) head Ms. Grace Joy Saquilabon, and Community Affairs Office (CAO) head Mr. Antonio Flores.

Atty. Benedictos said that the government aims to help with the recognition of the Senior Citizens in Iligan City. By which, the government can provide appropriate funding for programs, considering the budget has gone up from 1 million to 10 million.

As per the discussion, the President of FSCAP has stated their opposition for the said election. They are requesting the government not to interfere with the conduct of Senior Citizen affairs. It was also mentioned that a national election already took place last January of 2016. Thus, if another election will be done, this will cause confusion and the previous one will be pointless. This opposition has been unanimously agreed by the members of the Senior Citizen organization.

Atty. Benedictos then remarked that since there has been a unanimous decision, he will inform the good Mayor to decide on the proposed election. He emphasized that this election on March 25, 2017 is entirely legal. Atty. Benedictos also furthered that it is not possible for the government not to interfere with the affairs of the Senior Citizens since they are part of the society in Iligan that the government is responsible for, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will connect both parties in a way.

However, since there has been an opposition, the government will definitely look into the matter.

 

– – – Faustien Faez A. Rugay / City Information Office

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