VERSUS ABUSE OF SENIORS. Visually-impaired Margarita Mangguyod, 97, talks about her hog raising project under ReSPPEC or Reporting System and Prevention Program for Elder Abuse Cases. A social technology initiative of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), ReSPPEC is piloted in barangays Cabinuangan and Elizalde in Maco, Compostela Valley and in San Carlos in Pangasinan, Lambunao in Iloilo, and Valenzuela City in the National Capital Region.

ReSPPEC aims to protect the rights of the elderly against all forms of abuse by detecting elder abuse and preventing it, as well as establishing local reporting mechanisms and referral system for their full rehabilitation and recovery.

ReSPPEC also provides livelihood assistance to beneficiaries. ReSPPEC national launch was slated last December 15 in Valenzuela City. (DSWD)