A total of 687 participants from all 20 barangays in Tacurong City took part in the conclusion of the Elderly Week. Through the partnership of the Federation of Senior Citizens Association and the local government, the event pushed through last October 8, 2013, at the Tacurong City Gymnasium with the theme: “Nakatatanda Pagtulungang Isulong Benepisyo’t Karapatan Tungo sa Masaya at Masaganang Pamayanan.”

              The whole-day activity started with a holy mass followed by an opening program attended by key officials and guests. Present in the said program were: Violeta S. Muyuela, Office of Senior Citizens Head; Eufemia L. Robles, City Social Welfare and Development Head; Lilia Pama, Federation of Senior Citizens Association Head; Hon. Remus P. Segura, City Councilor; Hon. Charito L. Collado, SP Chairman on Social Services; and Hon. Lina O. Montilla, Tacurong City Mayor.

            Mayor Montilla, in her inspirational message, emphasized the value of providing appropriate facilities and services to senior citizens. She further said that projects that cater to the welfare of the elderly shall be continued – putting emphasis on the free blood chemistry tests that will be implemented next year. The development of the senior citizen center was also mentioned, together with the improvement of identification cards for availing special services. According to Mayor Montilla, this is how the government shall give back to the contribution of this sector to the city of goodwill.
              The event continued as senior citizens from the different barangays showcased their talents in the song solo, song duet, skit-drama, folk dance, and chorus presentations. (Ariesha Faith Martinez Dimaano)