MANILA, Philippines â Senator Grace Poe on Saturday called for an increase in livelihood programs for the elderly to protect the aging population from the COVID-19 pandemic and urge them to leave their homes during the health crisis.
She expressed dismay at a report by the Philippine Statistics Authority indicating an increase in the number of job seekers aged 65 and over.
“It is a sad reality to see our seniors looking for work despite the dangers of COVID-19 when they should stay home and enjoy the fruits of their labor,” Poe said in a statement. âCritical intervention is needed to provide our seniors with a livelihood that they can engage in without exposing themselves to disease.
One way for older people to enter the workforce, said Poe, is to have them learn and adapt to the digital landscape that has been the norm as offices have turned to working from home in the middle. of the pandemic.
The Ministry of Education and the Higher Education Commission may come up with programs that will function as an exchange of information between the elderly and young technology-based volunteers.
âIt could be a knowledge exchange. Our elderly can teach young people traditional subjects and, in turn, the young volunteers can help the elderly to use and maximize technology, âsaid Poe. âIt’s a good synergy that will bring generations together and promote a closer and nicer society. “
The elderly are part of a population at risk in the midst of the pandemic, as their age makes them susceptible to diseases making them prone to COVID-19 infections.
Poe said older people can benefit from livelihood programs that the government, as well as the private sector, can provide.
âThe growing movement of remote or home working opens up an opportunity for our seniors to find ways to live without exposing themselves to the virus,â said Poe. âThe government has a heavy responsibility to take care of our seniors. Working in their heyday should be a matter of choice, not a necessity. “
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