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In celebration of this year’s Elderly Filipino Week, the Central Board of Assessment Appeals hosted an outreach program for the elderly at Emmaus House of Apostolate (Home for the Elderly) in Malolos, Bulacan on October 26, 2018.

Founded on the premise of “serving Christ and finding love in the person of the poorest of the poor and dying destitute”, Emmaus House of the Apostolate was put up by Rev. Florentino ‘Fr. Boyet’ Concepcion on November 22, 1984. Today it has 70 elders—36 males and 34 females—under its care.

An orientation on the brief history of the Apostolate and few reminders for the volunteers was conducted before the start of the program, as the elderly gathered and waited outside the chapel.

During the program, Chairperson Manuel D.J. Siayngco and Commissioner Ramon A.I. Banta delivered tear-jerking messages, while the CBAA employees serenaded the elderly with Gospel and Christmas songs. Sacks of rice and grocery items were being donated as well as food and drinks. However, no material things can compare with the heart-warming atmosphere felt by everyone during the short visit, especially when CBAA employees were given the chance to hug the elderly one by one. The program ended with a heartfelt prayer led by Commissioner Banta.

Apart from inculcating a sense of civic responsibility and building a culture of volunteerism among CBAA employees, the activity also aimed to pay respect to the elderly while raising awareness on greater care for the well-being of older people.