July 15, 2024

A retired teacher of Mabini Elementary School in Baguio City was this year’s director of the Philippine Information Agency, replacing Regional Director Helen Tibaldo, for a day at least.
“I am humbled to be the Senior Citizen Official for-a-Day regional director in this prestigious office; blessed with this opportunity, God is glorified in whatever capacity I am able to share to you,” said Evangeline Nemedez, who served as a teacher for 30 years.
Nemedez oversaw the operations of PIA and Peoples Television which are both under the Presidential Communications Operations Office.
She was emotional when she met three of her former pupils at PTV. 
She was amazed at what a studio looks like, how the personnel write their news stories, and broadcast it live.
She was also reunited with now Canada-based illustrator Jogin Tamayo, a long-time lecturer in her school during school press conferences, who conducted a workshop for campus journalism on the same day she was a Scofad.
Nemedez also appeared in the PIA-run “Hours with CARE Kapihan sa Baguio,” where she expressed her gratitude for the “wonderful and humbling experience” that she will never forget.
Ordinance 57, s. 2009 institutionalized the Scofad. Selected senior citizens are assigned in the offices of all elective and appointive officials and regional line agencies in Baguio for a day to intensify advocacy in promoting the welfare and rights of senior citizens.
This year’s Elderly Filipino Week theme is “Healthy and productive aging starts with me.” – Joseph B. Zambrano