The House of Representatives will prioritize the consolidation of the bill creating the National Commission on Senior Citizens (NCSC) before its endorsement to President Rodrigo Duterte.
This was assured by the Congressional Oversight group convened by Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo yesterday.
With 175 affirmative votes and no objection and abstention, the Lower House approved to create a cohesive government agency that will monitor compliance and timely solutions for the needs of the senior citizens before they took the election break last week.
The Senate immediately adopted House Bill 8837 which creates the commission to ensure the implementation of policies that will properly address the needs of the elderly.
During the oversight hearing, Arroyo vowed to speed up the approval of the consolidated bill when they resume the session after the election on 20 May before it is sent to the President for his signature.
“I hope after we do that on 20 May. We can have another oversight committee hearing and called those who would do the IRR (Implementing Rules and Regulation, namely, DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development), DILG (Department of Interior and Local Government), the League of Cities, the League of Municipalities and other stakeholders so that we can begin to do a first draft of the IRR. So that as soon as the President sign the bill, they can proceed to do the official draft of the IRR,” she added.
Meanwhile, Senior Citizen Partylist Rep. Milagros Aquino-Magsaysay explained the establishment of a formal agency that will cater to the elderly will directly provide the nine million senior citizens a functional office that will process the urgent recommendations for the policies and programs that will be benefit the elderly.
“In celebration of the 10th year of the formal passage of the landmark Expanded Senior Citizens Act or RA 9994, by former President and now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the passage of the National Commission on Senior Citizens Welfare Act has never been more timely as it would greatly enforce the initial mandate of RA 9994 to encourage the positive contributions of our elderly to nation-building,” Aquino-Magsaysay said.
She also expressed hope that the passage of the bill will bring more positive reforms and reinforcements in the rights and welfare of the growing elderly population.