By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK
IN recognition that not only women and children are being abused, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista has signed an ordinance declaring June 15 as the Quezon City Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
Bautista said City Ordinance 2670-2018, otherwise known as the Quezon City Elder Abuse Awareness Day Ordinance, is also in accordance with Resolution No. 66/127 adopted by the United Nations General Assembly designating the same date as the World Elder Abuse Day.
The annual event aims to call attention to growing global opposition against abuse of the elderly. The ordinance aims to protect and uplift the dignity and well being of the elderly against any form of abuse such as physical injuries, theft, property grabbing, and ejection from homes, he added.
Specifically, the ordinance states that “as the ageing populations rapidly increase, the incidence of elder abuse is concomitantly growing. Usually, it is in the form of financial exploitation, material abuse, maltreatment, at home; such abuses often go unreported, partly due to shame and embarrassment on the part of the victims or because of their cognitive and other impairments.”
Moreover, it also stressed that “elder or senior citizen abuse is not a private matter but a public and serious one which should be a concern of the entire society. It is a global issue that needs a more participative involvement of all sectors to afford ageing people more protection.”
Meanwhile, the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA), in cooperation with Social Services Development Department (SSDD) and City Health Department, shall promulgate rules and regulations for the effective implementation of the ordinance.
Public education and awareness programs on elder abuse, protection, and benefits shall be organized by OSCA and SSDD on QC Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
Funds for the QC Elder Abuse Awareness Day shall be sourced from the City Treasury.