Zambales Governor Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. has revived the birthday tribute for seniors as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wane in the province.
The governor said it was a fitting ceremony honoring elderly residents and reminding them that they are appreciated.
“In the past, these people were the pillars of the community—teachers, businessmen, government officials and civic leaders, and farmers and fishers and workers who contributed their best time to our community, so they are really important,” Ebdane said.
“Now we’re telling them in the best way we can that we have not forgotten,” he added.
The governor, also a senior citizen, reminded members of his age group to stay healthy, happy and stress-free.
The birthday program for Zambales seniors usually starts at 9 a.m. with an opening prayer and singing of the national anthem, followed by remarks from local Senior Citizens Association officials.
Then come dance time, fun games, and raffle draws.