United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) presidential bet Vice President Jejomar Binay has vowed to increase the benefits that senior citizens receive to improve their welfare.
“All [of the]elderly should enjoy the benefits that senior citizens in Makati do,” he said in a speech in Sudipen, La Union.
Binay was once mayor of Makati City (Metro Manila).
“Kami sa Makati ang nag-umpisa ng pagbibigay ng dignidad at respeto sa senior citizens…Sa social services, talaga namang inaalagaan namin ang aming mga senior citizens [We in Makati started the giving of dignity and respect to senior citizens… In social services, we truly took care of our senior citizens],” he said.
Binay previously promised to improve, continue and expand the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), noting that senior citizens aged 60-64 should be included in the program and health services should also be provided to the beneficiaries.
The expansion of the 4Ps is part of the four priority programs that the Vice President will implement during his first year in office, if elected President in the May 2016 polls, which include abolishing income taxes for workers earning P30,000 a month or less.
Free books, uniforms and school supplies for public school students and free healthcare for the poor are also part of the priority programs.
Also present during the sortie were UNA senatorial candidates–broadcaster Rey Langit, labor lawyer Allan Montaño, former Special Action Force director Getulio Napeñas and Parañaque City (Metro Manila) councilor Alma Moreno.
The group’s motorcade also went to San Fernando City; the towns of San Juan, Bacnotan, Luna, Baloan and Bangar in La Union; and the municipalities of Tagudin, Santa Cruz, Santa Lucia and Candon City in Ilocos Sur.
Also in Ilocos Sur, the Vice President also vowed to aid farmers get crop insurance to help them cope with emergencies brought by natural or man-made disasters.
He noted that that tobacco farmers of the province would be affected by dry spells brought about by the ongoing El Niño phenomenon.
Binay also previously said he will construct more and improve rural infrastructure such as farm-to-market roads, irrigation systems and post-harvest facilities to help farmers increase their production, as well as promoting crop diversification and planting high-value crops.