More than 300 senior citizens were delighted to benefit the first ever welfare program for the elderly named as “Kalinga para kay Lolo at Lola,” through the initiative of Councilor Niko P. Aldeguer and in coordination with the Office for Senior Citizen’s Affairs. The activity kicked off at Barangay Busdi and Kulaman on April 9, 2021 and was subsequently held at Barangay Caburacanan and Mapulo last April 16.

The program was made possible through the unwavering support of Mayor Florencio T. Flores, Jr. and Second District Congressman, Atty. John T. Flores.Providing help and offering various services for the sick and elderly had become one of the priorities of the City Government of Malaybalay under the leadership of Mayor Flores.

This vulnerable sector presents higher risk of being severely ill if left abandoned and uncared for during this time of pandemic.

Among the services and perks offered were orientation on the importance of Covid-19 vaccine conducted by the City Health Office staff; reading glasses were also given after eye check-ups were performed and together with other free basic health-related services by private ophthalmologists through the generous assistance of Congressman Flores.

Councilor Aldeguer expressed his gratitude to the initial success of the activity that aims to uplift the lives and welfare of our senior citizens and pledged to have another activity such as this in the coming days.

Mayor Flores meanwhile encouraged senior citizens being included in the top priority groups to avail the covid-19 vaccine once available to them since it is one of our significant efforts to combat this deadly virus.At the end of the program, food packs were distributed to the beneficiaries. Each package contains 3 kilos of rice, 4 cans of sardines, 2 cans of beef loaf and 2 cans of corned beef.

In attendance during the program were Vice Mayor Jay Warren R. Pabillaran, City Councilor Erwin A. Damasco, IP Mandatory Rep. Datu Renato “Makayuba” S. Sumbongan, Former ABC President Dr. Glorio “Toto” Sajulga, Dra. Catherine Toledo and Executive Assistant Brian Nelson T. Flores.