Filipinos are innately protective of their elders, which is the reason why we take care of our senior citizens rather than letting them live in a home for the aged. Cebu has a notable senior citizens program providing financial assistance to our elders as they live out their golden years.
In 2012, the Cebu City government formally unveiled the Senior Citizens Park, which is located right in front of the Cebu City Hall along MC Briones Street. The design of the park was based on the Fuente Osmeña circle with a fountain at the center. It was built to replace an old warehouse of Carbon Market. It was also part of the plan of the city to beautify the area. It faces the ocean and embellished with trees, flowers, Bermuda grass and lamp posts. This makes the park a suitable place for senior citizens to relax or take a stroll while enjoying the light breeze coming from the sea. It can also be used as a venue for events and special occasions for the elderly citizens of the city. While the park was mainly designed for senior citizens, it can be used by anyone who wants to enjoy communing with nature in the middle of the city.
The Senior Citizens Park is a product of a public-private partnership with an initial cost of around PHP 600,000. But, a number of private individuals contributed in the building of the park. In the end, the local government only paid for labor cost. The place is located close to the old Gotiaoco Building, which is envisioned to become a Chinese heritage museum, and the Compania Maritima, one of the oldest buildings in Cebu.
The Senior Citizens Park can be considered as one of the ways the government shows how it values the elderly citizens of the city as they live out their golden years.
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