- Both born with blind eyes, Lolo Fredo and Lola Flor depend on the coins they collect from begging to feed their hungry stomach
- The two who are supposed to be in the custody or supported by their own children, at least, are left living on their own
- With only 2 million of the 7.8 million who receive pensions, the Philippines has the lowest allotted budget for senior citizens compared to that of the other countries
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Lola Flor is 74 years old while Lolo Fredo is 70. Both were born blind. The two who live in a mountain in one of the sitios of Paracle, in the province of Camarines Norte, beg for coins to ease their empty stomach. They would go to sari-sari stores and houses in Lago and Daet to ask for a penny.
Since they both grew up sightless and are used to being blind, it could’ve been less difficult for them if their children are there to assist and give them a hand. Sadly, the only help they receive comes from their grandchildren who are still very young.
Even at their early age, the two grandchildren take responsibility to take good care of their old and physically incapacitated grandparents. They are also in charge of the household chores such as cleaning, fetching water and cooking. Seven-year-old Buboy and 10-year-old Jane serve as the eyes of Lolo Fredo and Lola Flor.
Most of the time, senior citizens are left unnoticed because of their inactive participation in the society. What’s even worse is that they are neglected by their own family and relatives.
According to Help Age International 2015, there are about 7.3 million senior citizens in the Philippines. Basing from the growth rate, Philippine Statistics Authority (PCA) suggests that the number would double in ten years.
Indigent senior citizens are supposed to receive from the government 500 pesos as monthly pension. Nevertheless, the amount is insufficient to support their daily needs and not all indigent actually receive the allowance.
The Philippines has the lowest fund allotted to senior citizens compared to other countries. Based on a data gathered by the Help Age International, a Non-Government Office(NGO) advocating for the rights of Senior Citizen, only 2 million of the 7.8 million population of senior citizens get their pensions.
Meanwhile, Senator Ping Lacson has filed Parents Welfare Act of 2016 with the opening of the 17 Congress. The bill seeks to penalize those who abandon their elderly parents and those who fail to provide support for the senior citizens. - Kami Media
Video from Reel Time, GMA News TV