An ordinance giving privileges of free parking for senior citizens in malls and other areas in Bacolod City, was approved by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod Wednesday.
Authored by Councilor El Cid Familiaran and co-authored by Councilor Catalino Alisbo, the ordinance said the granting of welfare services to senior citizens as provided under Section 16 and Article 25 of Rule V of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Local Government Code will alleviate their state and provide them ease.
Among the services that will make elder people’s lives easier is affording them due respect and appropriate services by exempting them from paying parking fees imposed by malls, department stores and other establishments in Bacolod City, it said.
The ordinance said mall or store owners or their deputized personnel who violate this ordinance will be fined P3,000 for the first offense, P5,000 for the second offense, P10,000 for the third offense plus an additional P3,000 for every succeeding offense.
Meanwhile, Alisbo authored a resolution requesting the Bacolod City Health Office to administer free vaccination against the influenza virus and pneumococcal disease to indigent senior citizens of Bacolod City in pursuant to Section 4 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.
The resolution said the Department of Social Services and Development had already conducted the National Household Targeting System which identify the indigent senior citizens of Bacolod City.
It said the Department of Health had already supplied and made available this vaccination to all local government, including Bacolod.
The free vaccination is done at the CHO, however, due to weakness, some of the senior citizens are requesting that the vaccination be done at the Barangay Health Plus Station of every barangay, the resolution added.*CGS