Monitoring board to check on overstaying and inactive OSCA heads

By Thelma C. Bicarme

TUGUEGARAO CITY – In response to some complaints regarding the implementation of Republic Act No. 9994 or the ‘Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010’, the Regional Coordinating and Monitoring Board will be checking all senior citizens officials in Cagayan Valley.

Under the republic act, each local government unit is required to establish an Office for Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) to implement plans, actitivies and programs for senior citizens with the help of accredited non-government organizations, peoples’ organizations and barangay leaders in their respective areas.

According to Merlita Cabiente of the Department of Interior and Local Government, most of the cities and municipalities in the region have already established OSCAs, however, the board has yet to find out whether the heads of this offices are active and are not overstaying. Meanwhile, Lucia S. Alan of the Department of Social Welfare and Development stressed that under the new law, an OSCA office shall be established in all cities and municipalities to be headed by a senior citizen who shall be appointed by the mayor for a term of three years without reappointment but without prejudice to an extension if exigency so requires.

“The appointee shall be chosen from a list of three nominees as recommended by a general assembly of senior citizens organizations in the city or municipality,” Alan said. However, Alan said there are some complaints reaching the RCMB that some of the OSCA heads did not come from the list of nominees.#