Datol: Tap seniors as tour guides

War veterans from Bataan greet soldiers taking part in the Freedom Trail walk. (Everyday History)

Many senior citizens can still lead productive, active lives and can do so as local history and culture tour guides, according to Senior Citizen Party-list Rep. Francisco Gamboa Datol, Jr.

“Semi-retirement as part-time local history and culture specialists is a viable livelihood option for many seniors who are still physically-able and whose minds are still sharp,” said Datol, vice chairman of the House committee on senior citizens.

“Maaari itong ipatupad ng Department of Tourism, Department of Interior and Local Government, at ng National Commission of Senior Citizens sa buong bansa,” Datol said.

The party-list congressman also said state universities and colleges (SUC) should do their best to record the local history of the cities, towns, and provinces where SUC are based by interviewing senior citizens.

“Senior citizens lived through history. They are walking and living encyclopedias of local history. Their testimony, when preserved in video interviews, theses, and dissertations, will deepen their outreach linkages, academic research, and contribution to the nurturing of Philippine history and culture,” he said.

“Special consultants dapat ang turing sa senior citizens na tutulong bilang local history witnesses,” the congressman said.