Reaction Paper about the Republic Act No. 9994 “The Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010”

Every year, our office conducts departmental Gender Study Group sessions with the objective of discussing a topic related to Gender and Development, which is currently an issue or challenge faced by each of us, or at least the majority. The aim is to engage in conversations about various measures, laws, and guidelines that can contribute to addressing these issues. Additionally, this program aims to foster camaraderie among colleagues, as well as provide a space for learning and enjoyment.

These sessions provide an opportunity for personal growth and learning. Participants have the chance to enhance their understanding of gender issues, broaden their perspectives, and develop empathy towards diverse experiences and identities. By engaging in meaningful conversations and exchanging ideas, we encourage mutual respect and appreciation for each other’s viewpoints.

In conclusion, our annual Gender Study Group sessions play a significant role in promoting gender awareness, fostering inclusive practices, and strengthening our bonds as colleagues. By addressing current gender-related issues and exploring ways to overcome them, we actively contribute to creating a more equitable and empowering workplace. These sessions serve as a space for learning, growth, and enjoyment, while also making a meaningful impact on our organization and society as a whole.

As I mentioned before, we have decided that the topic for our 2022 Gender Study Group will focus on taking care of our senior citizen parents, as we all have aging parents.

Responsibility towards the elderly is a crucial aspect of maintaining the well-being of our aging population. As children, it is our duty to value and respect our elderly parents, recognizing their authority and providing for their needs. However, societal circumstances vary, and not all families are in a position to adequately support their elderly parents due to financial constraints. Moreover, there are senior citizens who find themselves alone, without the care of their children. Many of these individuals face additional challenges as they are frail, sick, or disabled. In such cases, it begs the question: Who can assist them?

To address these concerns, the government has enacted Republic Act No. 9994, commonly known as the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010. This law aims to provide assistance, support, and recognition to our senior citizens. Its purpose is to acknowledge the rights of senior citizens within the family, community, and government, while also addressing their daily expenses and needs. Consequently, even if a family is facing financial limitations in supporting their elderly parents, this law offers significant assistance.

Drawing from personal experience within our own family, we are actively involved in caring for our elderly parents. Consequently, they are currently benefiting from and availing themselves of several provisions under this law. For instance, in terms of medical assistance, this legislation plays a vital role in reducing the cost of medication. In some cases, the government even provides free medicine for senior citizens. Similarly, the law also mandates price reductions for transportation and essential commodities. Over time, the coverage of this law continues to expand, leading to increasingly significant benefits and overall well-being for our senior citizens.

Looking ahead, it is entirely conceivable that I, too, will benefit from the provisions set forth in this law in the future. It is with deep gratitude that I acknowledge the existence of such legislation, as it helps us alleviate some of the financial burdens associated with caring for senior citizens. These laws enable us to reduce certain additional expenses and shoulder some of the responsibilities involved in providing for the needs of our elderly loved ones. Let us continue to value and hold our senior citizens in high esteem, ensuring they receive the care and support they deserve.

“This is the link where you can read all about Republic Act 9994, the law regarding the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010: https://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/2010/02/15/republic-act-no-9994/