- Leo Martinez reminded the government to consider the needs and concerns of the senior citizens amid the pandemic
- He stated how the elderlies have special needs and hopes the government would not leave them behind in programs and projects
- Currently, senior citizens are prohibited from going out but consideration may be given if they need access to essential services and goods
Leo Martinez appealed to the government to include the senior citizens in their efforts amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The veteran actor made the remark during the virtual conference for their GMA show, “Owe My Love.”
Martinez, who plays the role of a character with dementia, said their TV series is one of the few which shows the concerns and realities of being old.
“Kokonti po ang shows na may mga senior citizen. Itong show na ito, nagpapakita din ng mga problema at concerns ng mga senior citizens na kailangan pagtuunan na rin natin ng pansin,” Martinez stated.
Martinez, who will turn 76 years old next month, hopes there will be more government programs for the benefit of the elderlies like him.
“Mayroon po silang pangangailangan na iba at mayroon din silang concerns na iba. Sana na ituro din ng show na ito na ang mga senior citizens natin para rin ‘yang mga kabataan. Dapat may ginagawang mga programa para sa kanila,” he continued.
Currently, senior citizens and children under 15 years are prohibited from going out in public places. However, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) clarified that they are giving consideration to senior citizens. While they are strongly encouraged to stay home during the pandemic, they may go out of their residences and enter commercial establishments only if their purpose is to access essential goods and services.