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November 22, 2010

Protection of Elders From Abuse Pressed (PHILLIPINES)




Protection of elders from abuses pressed
Charissa M. Luci)
November 21, 2010

MANILA, Philippines - Lawmakers have filed a bill calling for the protection of elderly from many forms of abuses, including physical and physical assault, neglect and financial exploitation.
Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus B. Rodriguez and Abante Mindanao Rep. Maximo Rodriguez Jr. pressed on the need for the formulation of policies that would help prevent, and address elder abuse.
They filed House Bill 1071 that compels the Secretary of Social Welfare and Development, in cooperation and coordination with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to establish domestic violence programs for older or disabled persons. The measure also mandates that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) must provide grants to NGOs to support projects in local communities for the intervention and prevention of elder abuse.
“Elder abuse, which exists not only in developed countries like the United States but in developing countries like the Philippines as well, takes many forms such as physical, psychological/emotional, sexual assault, neglect and financial exploitation,” Rodriguezes said in a statement. 





SOURCE:    The Manila Bulletin


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