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Saturday, April 15, 2017

SAUDI LABOR MINISTRY DRAFT A LAW TO PROTECT ELDERLY

The Ministry of Labor and Social Development on Wednesday announced a draft law protecting the rights of the elderly, two days after it found an old man locked up in a homemade jail created by his sons. Khaled Abalkhail, the ministry’s spokesman, said the man was found “in a very poor condition.” Makkah police arrested the eldest son, 37, who was referred to authorities. On Twitter, the ministry called on those with experience and interest in social affairs to give their feedback on the draft before next Tuesday, saying it will include all those aged 60 or above, and those showing signs of premature aging.     The law allows an elderly person to choose the party to take care of them if he or she could not be independent. They cannot be dealt with otherwise unless by a court order,” said the tweet. “The law also gives them the right to be independent and the freedom to handle themselves and their money, and decide who to provide for.”owing signs of premature aging. The ministry said the priority is the elderly person’s family regarding care-taking. If the family cannot do so, competent authorities will step in, it added. People on social media have been expressing anger over a video of the father locked in a room with the door chained. Cases of people assaulting their parents have risen recently. Haila Al-Oraini was murdered by her two sons last year.
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Man Living Near Masjid al-Haram (Makkah, Saudi Arabia)


The Ministry of Labor and Social Development on Wednesday announced a draft law protecting the rights of the elderly, two days after it found an old man locked up in a homemade jail created by his sons. Khaled Abalkhail, the ministry’s spokesman, said the man was found “in a very poor condition.” Makkah police arrested the eldest son, 37, who was referred to authorities. On Twitter, the ministry called on those with experience and interest in social affairs to give their feedback on the draft before next Tuesday, saying it will include all those aged 60 or above, and those showing signs of premature aging.     The law allows an elderly person to choose the party to take care of them if he or she could not be independent. They cannot be dealt with otherwise unless by a court order,” said the tweet. “The law also gives them the right to be independent and the freedom to handle themselves and their money, and decide who to provide for.”owing signs of premature aging. The ministry said the priority is the elderly person’s family regarding care-taking. If the family cannot do so, competent authorities will step in, it added. People on social media have been expressing anger over a video of the father locked in a room with the door chained. Cases of people assaulting their parents have risen recently. Haila Al-Oraini was murdered by her two sons last year.

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Labor and Social Development on Wednesday announced a draft law protecting the rights of the elderly, two days after they found an old man locked up in a homemade jail created by his own sons.
Khaled Abalkhail, the ministry’s spokesman, said the man was found “in a very poor condition.”
Makkah police arrested the eldest son, 37, who was referred to authorities.
On Twitter, the ministry called on those with experience and interest in social affairs to give their feedback on the draft before next Tuesday, saying it will include all those aged 60 or above, and those sh
owing signs of premature aging.
The law allows an elderly person to choose the party to take care of them if he or she could not be independent. They cannot be dealt with otherwise unless by a court order,” said the tweet.
“The law also gives them the right to be independent and the freedom to handle themselves and their money, and decide who to provide for."
The Ministry of Labor and Social Development on Wednesday announced a draft law protecting the rights of the elderly, two days after it found an old man locked up in a homemade jail created by his sons. Khaled Abalkhail, the ministry’s spokesman, said the man was found “in a very poor condition.” Makkah police arrested the eldest son, 37, who was referred to authorities. On Twitter, the ministry called on those with experience and interest in social affairs to give their feedback on the draft before next Tuesday, saying it will include all those aged 60 or above, and those showing signs of premature aging.     The law allows an elderly person to choose the party to take care of them if he or she could not be independent. They cannot be dealt with otherwise unless by a court order,” said the tweet. “The law also gives them the right to be independent and the freedom to handle themselves and their money, and decide who to provide for.”owing signs of premature aging. The ministry said the priority is the elderly person’s family regarding care-taking. If the family cannot do so, competent authorities will step in, it added. People on social media have been expressing anger over a video of the father locked in a room with the door chained. Cases of people assaulting their parents have risen recently. Haila Al-Oraini was murdered by her two sons last year.
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The Ministry of Labor and Social Development on Wednesday announced a draft law protecting the rights of the elderly, two days after it found an old man locked up in a homemade jail created by his sons. Khaled Abalkhail, the ministry’s spokesman, said the man was found “in a very poor condition.” Makkah police arrested the eldest son, 37, who was referred to authorities. On Twitter, the ministry called on those with experience and interest in social affairs to give their feedback on the draft before next Tuesday, saying it will include all those aged 60 or above, and those showing signs of premature aging.     The law allows an elderly person to choose the party to take care of them if he or she could not be independent. They cannot be dealt with otherwise unless by a court order,” said the tweet. “The law also gives them the right to be independent and the freedom to handle themselves and their money, and decide who to provide for.”owing signs of premature aging. The ministry said the priority is the elderly person’s family regarding care-taking. If the family cannot do so, competent authorities will step in, it added. People on social media have been expressing anger over a video of the father locked in a room with the door chained. Cases of people assaulting their parents have risen recently. Haila Al-Oraini was murdered by her two sons last year.
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The ministry said the priority is the elderly person’s family regarding care-taking.
If the family cannot do so, competent authorities will step in, it added. People on social media have been expressing anger over a video of the father locked in a room with the door chained.
Cases of people assaulting their parents have risen recently. Haila Al-Oraini was murdered by her two 
sons last year.

      The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has allocated a total of P8, 255,820,000 for the social pension fund of senior citizens.  The target beneficiaries of the agency have to reach up to 1,375,970 senior citizens in the whole country.  The allocation is for Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens (SocPen) that will cover the elderly who are frail, sickly, do not receive any pension and have no other source of income and support coming from their families.  (VIDEO:Pensyon at benepisyo ng mga senior citizen, ipinapanawang dagdagan)    According to DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, P4,243,330,500 of the allotment have been utilized for this year.  Under the SocPen, the senior citizen beneficiaries will receive quarterly stipend worth P500 each month, as government assistance for their daily living and medical needs.     Other than this, here are more benefits of being Senior Citizen  DISCOUNTS  20% discount on:  -Medical-related privileges  -Medicine and drug purchases  -Medical supplies, accessories, and equipment  -Medical and dental services  -Professional fees of attending physician  -Professional fees of licensed health workers providing home health care services  Transportation  Air and Sea  Land: LRT, MRT, PNR, buses, jeepneys, taxi and shuttle services  Hotels, restaurants, recreational facilities, places of leisure  Hotels, restaurants, theaters, cinemas, concert halls, circuses, leisure and amusement  Recreation centers  Fees, charges, and rental for sports facilities and equipment  Funeral services  Funeral and burial expenses include casket or urn, embalming, cremation cost, and other services.  Utility discount  Grant of a minimum of 5% discount relative to the monthly use of water and electricity, provided that the meter is registered under the name of the senior citizen residing therein and does not exceed 100 kWh and 30 m³.  (VIDEO:DSWD clarifies details of senior citizens' discounts)    EXEMPTIONS  Tax exemption Exemption from payment of individual income tax of those who are considered to be minimum wage earners  Training fee exemption Training fees for socio-economic programs conducted by private and government agencies subject to the guidelines issued by DTI, DOLE, DA, TESDA and DOST-TRC.  GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE Social Pension  Indigent senior citizens shall be entitled to a monthly stipend amounting to P500 to augment daily subsistence and other medical needs.  Mandatory PhilHealth coverage  All senior citizens are covered by the national health insurance program of PhilHealth.  Social safety nets The social safety assistance shall include, but not be limited to, food, medicines, and financial assistance for house repair to cushion effects of economic, disaster and calamity shocks.  Death benefit assistance  The assistance of a minimum of P2,000 shall be given to the nearest surviving relative who took care of the deceased senior citizen.  OTHERS  Express lanes  Express lanes shall be provided in all private, banking, commercial and government establishments; priority shall be given in their absence.  Educational privileges  Assistance shall be granted to senior citizens to pursue education through the provision of scholarships, grants, financial aids, subsidies and other incentives.  Benefits and privileges for retirees  -Continuance of the same benefits and privileges by GSIS, SSS, and PAG-IBIG as enjoyed by those in active service.  -Privileges on special discounts in special programs  (VIDEO:Rights and Privileges of Senior Citizens)     They are provided with benefits and privileges through the following legislation:  Republic Act No. 7432, or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2003  RA 9994, an amendment to RA 7432 to include additional services  RA 10645, an amendment to RA 9994 to provide mandatory PhilHealth coverage for all senior citizens.    HOW TO GET SENIOR CITIZENS ID?  In order to get and enjoy the above mentioned benefits and privileges of a senior citizen, first you must secure a Senior Citizen's ID.  Requirements:  Birth Certificate  1X1 colored photo (latest)  Valid ID     If you completed the said requirements, just go to the Office of the Senior Citizens Affair (OSCA) in your city or municipality and apply for an ID. Much better if you are being accompanied with one of your daughter or grandchildren.  The staff will just fill the card with your personal info like complete name, birth date, and address.   If your ID is finished, you have to sign it, but first, you must double check if all the details are correct.      Indigent senior citizens or their authorized representative must present their Office of Senior Citizen Affairs ID and birth certificate or any other document proving their date of birth to the nearest OSCA, City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office or DSWD Regional Office.  The authorized representative must also present his/her identification card and an authorization letter.  All potential beneficiaries will be assessed to ensure that they qualify for the program. ©2016 THOUGHTSKOTO

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