The CALABARZON Regional Development Council celebrated the 2021 Elderly Filipino Week on October 8 via Zoom video conference.

The Philippine government recognizes the contributions and important role of the elderlies in the society for serving as inspiration to the youth, and as partners in development and nation-building. This year, the elderly celebration highlighted the need to realize the worth, dignity and human rights of the elderly amid the COVID-19 pandemic with the theme: “Mahalaga Si Lolo at Lola sa Panahon ng Pandemya”.

In his message, RDC Chairperson and Batangas Governor Hermilando I. Mandanas conveyed that “Tayo [senior citizens] ay pwede pa at dapat maging masigasig sa pagtulong sa kapwa. Tayo na binigyan ng karanasan, ng mahabang buhay ng Panginoon, kailangan ibalik natin”. He said that age is not the basis of one’s ability, and encouraged the participants to not retire from the desire to help others while emphasizing the importance of health.

During the forum, Dr. Rodney R. Boncajes of the National Center for Mental Health shared some tips on how to cope up with retirement, as well as other mental health tips. Acting Deputy Director Sarah L. Padilla of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas discussed the importance of financial literacy and early retirement planning.

Dr. Boncajes shared that listening to music and playing crossword puzzles are good mental health exercises for the elderlies. Thus, the participants tested their familiarity on song lyrics since the 80s and even sang along with during the ice breaker.

In the talk show segment of the forum, retired officials, Dr. Alexander R. Madrigal of the Department of Science and Technology Region IV-A and Engr. Severino C. Santos of NEDA Region III, shared significant insights on their lives after government service. The participants also shared their ideal retirement life such as fulfilling, healthy and stress-free living, travelling, and pursuing hobbies.

To end the activity, Dir. Luis G. Banua, RDC Vice Chairperson and NEDA IV-A Regional Director, highlighted that this regional activity reminds us that we all have a duty and responsibility to show our elders that they are valued, appreciated, and included as a significant part of the society.

A total of 78 participants from regional line agencies, state universities and colleges, local government units and the private sector joined the event.
Guests and Participants of the 2021 RDC Elderly Filipino Week Celebration
Guests and Participants of the 2021 RDC Elderly Filipino Week Celebration

Francess Louise P. Lopez, NEDA Region IV-A | October 11, 2021