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Wednesday, March 22, 2017
By Felix U. Basadre Jr.  | Correspondent THE senior citizens in Cebu City cannot trade places with the young, but in this city they become assets to team-playing,” said Domingo O. Chaves Jr., the head of the city’s Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (Osca) in a talk with the BusinessMirror. Right...
LISBON, Portugal—Diabetes killed 12 people a day in Portugal in 2015, a report released on Wednesday said. The report, titled “Diabetes: Facts and Numbers”  from the National Observatory for Diabetes, revealed the number of newly reported diagnosis grew in 2015, with around 168 new cases of diabetes identified every day. The...
HIGH-SPEED broadband. An award-winning brew pub built with recycled materials as part of a “zero waste” mission. An artist-in-residence program. Organic pizza from a wood-fired oven. There is new life in the mountains of Tokushima prefecture, in the neighboring towns of Kamiyama and Kamikatsu, even as depopulation afflicts most of...
LHASA, Tibet—Cering Yangzom, 71, begins her day at 6 a.m. with a kettle of strong buttered tea, despite her carer’s frequent advice against it. “Drink more pure tea. Too much oil is bad for you,” Lhaba often told Cering Yangzom. Cering easily dismisses the advice. “You kids have no idea about...
TACLOBAN CITY—More senior citizens of this city are expected to receive a monthly social pension after the qualifying age was lowered from 77 years old to 60. City Social Welfare and Development Officer Remedios Buna said the number of elderly who are qualified for the monthly social pension will also...
LORENZO Servitje Sendra was the oldest person on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index when he died last month with a $4.2-billion fortune. Thinking ahead, the Mexican billionaire had already transferred his stake in Grupo Bimbo, the world’s largest breadmaker, to his heirs, enabling them to sidestep what amounts to a $2.1-trillion...
MAGSAYSAY, Davao del Sur—The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Region 11 completed on Friday the release of P2,292,000 for 1,528 indigent senior citizens. The cash release was made this early, even as it should cover the first quarter of 2017 or from January to March. The Municipal Social...
WINDHOEK—United Nations human-rights expert Rosa Kornfeld-Matte is currently on an official visit to assess the human-rights situation of older persons in Namibia. A statement from the UN’s Information Center in Windhoek on Monday said the expert’s visit started on March 2 and will end on March 13. The visit is an...
LAOAG CITY—Senior citizens and retirees who are still capable to work are most welcome to apply for the Ilocos Norte summer tourism program of the provincial government. Senior citizens are highly regarded for their rich knowledge and experience in history. Hence, they may serve as effective story tellers in heritage...
By Astarte Abraham | Contributor THE horrors of the Marcos dictatorship were the focus of a forum and several films on martial law shown at the Cine Adarna in University of the Philippines-Diliman from February 23 to 25. Dubbed “A Martial Law Special in Observance of the Edsa People Power Anniversary”,...
THE House Committee on Population and Family Relations recently approved several bills that seek to prohibit and provide penalties for elder abuse in the country. The panel approved, as amended and subject to style, House Bill 865, 2989, 4708 and 4980, authored, respectively, by Reps. Victor Yap (Second District of...
NEW YORK—Ruth Brunn finally said yes to marijuana. She is 98. She pops a green pill filled with cannabis oil into her mouth with a sip of vitamin water. Then Brunn, who has neuropathy, settles back in her wheelchair and waits for the jabbing pain in her shoulders, arms and...
THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is planning to provide a monthly stipend to 2.8 million indigent senior citizens this year. The figure is more than double the 1.3 million target beneficiaries of the Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens (SPISC) Program in 2016, the department said in...
THE leadership in the House of Representatives wants senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) to avail themselves of local absentee voting to ease their difficulties during elections. In a statement last week, Speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez said there is no law granting PWDs and senior citizens the privilege to...
THE House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms has formed a technical working group (TWG) that will finalize the bills seeking to give advance voting privileges to senior citizens, persons with disabilities (PWDs) and those required to work during election day, such as lawyers and teachers. The TWG will work...
FORMER President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is pushing for additional tax exemption for taxpayers who care for their elderly parents. Arroyo has filed House Bill1522, which seeks to amend paragraph B of Section 35 of Republic Act 8424, or the National Internal Revenue Code (NIRC) of 1997 to...
THE world’s working-age population is shrinking faster than expected, leaving fewer people to support a growing number of seniors, according to the Bloomberg Sunset Index. Conventional measures of old-age dependency calculate the ratio of people ages 65 and older with those of working age: 15 to 64. But many people...
TOKYO—Elderly people with relatively high income will have to pay more to receive nursing care under draft law amendments approved on Tuesday by the Cabinet aimed at sustaining the national nursing-care insurance system in the rapidly graying nation. The change would affect about 120,000 people, or 3 percent of the...
ASIDE from international institutions and acknowledged economic experts, the Department of Finance (DOF)-backed Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP) now pending in Congress has also earned the support of private citizens. One of these CTRP supporters is Jose Malvar, a senior citizen and a person with disability (PWD), who wants legislators...
THE world’s working-age population is shrinking faster than expected, leaving fewer people to support a growing number of seniors, according to the Bloomberg Sunset Index. Conventional measures of old-age dependency calculate the ratio of people ages 65 and older with those of working age: 15 to 64. But many people...