DAGUPAN CITY, July 6 (PIA) — The Senior Citizen Center of the Federation of Senior Citizens Association of Dagupan has been officially recognized by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) after satisfactorily complying with the minimum standards for accreditation.
Social Welfare Officer III Fritzie C. Barrameda cited several reasons for the accreditation.
First is the more than P1.7 million budget appropriated by City Mayor Benjamin Lim to the Federation of the Senior Citizens affairs for 2012.
Barrameda said the allocation is a great help in promoting senior citizens’ rights and privileges and in implementing their programs and services, including the maintenance and needed equipment in the center.
The next factor considered by the accrediting body is that the center operates from Monday to Friday and is personally managed by the president and the officers of the association in close coordination with the designated city social welfare and development officer’s focal person.
In addition, the federation conducts monthly meetings attended by Barangay Senior Citizens Association (BSCA) from the 31 barangays of the city.
It has also generated funds from their respective barangays as well as through membership, income generating project (pharmacy for senior citizens), donations, pledges and solicitations.
The center, which is ideally located at the heart of the city, is equipped with a clinic and rest area, basic medicine kit and pharmacy.
The Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs is headed by lawyer Cornelia M. Espanol. (ANL/VHS-PIA 1 Pangasinan with reports from CIO)