The Calabarzon Regional Development Council, through the Committee on Elderly chaired by DSWD Region IV-A, celebrated the Filipino Elderly Week, with the theme Harana Para Kina Lolo at Lola, on 27 to 28 October at Haven for the Elderly, Tanay, Rizal and Sinag Kalinga Foundation, Inc. Lucban Quezon, respectively. The Haven for the Elderly has 216 residents while Sinag Kalinga has 30 residents.
The RDC members performed songs and dances, as well as facilitated ball and bingo games to entertain the elderly. The Lolas and Lolos sing along and dance with the RDC members.
The RDC members brought with them prices for the games and goods such as rice, canned goods, biscuits, condiments, hygiene kit, diapers and clothing.
The Harana para kina Lolo at Lola was participated by representatives from regional offices of DAR, DSWD, DOT, HUDCC, LLDA, NEDA, NIA, PIA, PNP, PSA, state universities such as CvSU, LSPU, URS, representatives from the provincial government of Batangas, Laguna and Rizal, Municipality of Carmona and National Council of Women of the Philippines.
Harana aimed to serenade abandoned and neglected senior citizens and to serve as venue for RDC members to gain better understanding on the situation of older persons in home for the aged. Harana started in 2015 through the initiative of NEDA Region IV-A and was adopted by the RDC. The RDC is planning to regularly conduct the activity to provide care for the elderly and possibly identify policies, programs and projects for them.
Donna Riza P. Ronquillo, NEDA Region IV-A | Wednesday, November 2, 2016