Senior citizens avail free eye checkup and eyeglasses anew from PGCot

AMAS, Kidapawan City (Nov. 16, 2016) – Thousands of senior citizens in the Province of Cotabato will benefit from the free eye checkup and free eyeglasses under the “Antipara para kay Lolo and Lola”, part of the early gift-giving program of the provincial government this Christmas season.


Jessie Enid, Provincial Focal Person on Health and Legal Matters said that the provincial government recognizes the necessity for senior citizens to wear eyeglasses to help them in their daily activities.


Just like the previous years, eye specialists from both public and private hospitals were invited as partners and the provincial government has again coordinated with Local Government Units to make the program even more effective, according to Enid.


The first batch of beneficiaries came from the Municipality of Carmen last Nov. 15 where some 424 senior citizens availed of the free eye checkup and received eyeglasses. The activity also happened during the town’s 60th founding anniversary.

As the first town to benefit from the program, Carmen Municipal Mayor Rogelio Taliño said the eyeglasses will help many elders to cope up with their activities and in return will make them more active. “Our beloved senior citizens lives will now change for the better especially those who cannot afford to see an ophthalmologist to have their eyes checked”, said Mayor Taliñ0.

Next to avail were some 324 senior citizens from the Municipality of M’lang on Nov. 16. Other municipalities will also be conducting the program with the following schedules- Matalam (Nov. 17), Kabacan (Nov. 18), Alamada (Nov. 22), Tulunan (Nov. 24), Banisilan (Nov. 28), Pigcawayan (Nov. 29), Libungan (Dec 1), Midsayap (Dec. 2), Aleosan (Dec 5), Pikit (Dec 6), Arakan (Dec 7), Antipas (Dec  8th), President Roxas (Dec 9), Makilala (Dec 12), Kidapawan City (Dec. 13), and Magpet (Dec 14).


A program initiated through “Serbisyong Totoo” in 2013, the “Antipara para kay Lolo at Lola” has become a prominent activity every Christmas season along with other programs such as the much-awaited Pamaskong Handog Alay sa mga Bata”.

Provincial officials hope that a greater number of senior citizens will benefit on this year’s free eyeglasses and once again make a positive impact to their lives.

Meanwhile, other programs and services provided by the provincial government such as the medical-dental outreaches, animal and seedling dispersals, technical training, workshops, scholarships and the rest are continuously implemented to ensure that the constituents gain from genuine service, transparency and accountability. (JIMMY STA. CRUZ-PGO Media Center-Photo by Jessie Enid/Norman Jay Armada)


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