A new bill filed by Senator Panfilo Lacson would seek to obligate grandchildren to take care of their grandparents if their own parents are unable to do so.
Speaking to radio DZMM, Lacson said Senate Bill No. 29 requires children to provide necessary support to their aging, sick and incapacitated parents.
“Kung ‘yung mag magulang halimbawa sickly, incapacitated, kailangan may obligasyon ang mga anak na pangalagaan sila,” he noted.
He said that while Filipinos generally have close family ties, there are some who just abandon their elderly parents.
“Meron mga exception na mga anak pinabayaan ang mga magulang na nag-iisa…Mabuti na rin na may mandato ang batas,” he said.
However, he said that if the children are also incapacitated, it is now up to the grandchildren who have the capacity to earn to care for their grandparents.
“Kung incapacitated din ‘yung anak, ‘yung grandchildren ang may obligasyon para pangalagaan ang mga lolo at lola. [Ipapasa sa apo] na may kakayanan na kumita,” he said.
“Dapat bigyan nang pag-aaruga at pangangalaga ang mga magulang. Isama sila sa financial support, sa kanyang kikitain…Alalahanin natin, wala tayo sa mundong ito kung wala ang mga magulang natin.”
The bill also seeks to establish “Old Age Homes” for the elderly, sick or otherwise incapacitated parents in every province and highly urbanized city.
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Grandkids should take care of lolo, lola if parents incapacitated: Lacson