ILOILO CITY -- Cash incentive amounting to PHP41 million was released to 410 centenarians in Western Visayas as of last year, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development 6.
Judith Tanate, DSWD-6 focal person for Persons with Disabilities and Older Persons, said all target centenarians in the region were covered by the release. Each of them received PHP100,000.
Tanate said PHP36 million of the budget was released to 360 centenarians included in the 2016 master list of beneficiaries, while PHP5 million was released to 50 centenarians included in the 2017 master list.
Tanate said the cash incentives were fully distributed on December 27- 28, 2017.
She added that the cash incentive provided to centenarians was really a big help.
It really helped them especially when they are hospitalized or when they have medical needs, particularly their medicines, she said.
The cash incentives given to all centenarians in the country was realized through Section 2 of the Republic Act 10868 or the "Centenarians Act of 2016.
The cash incentive came with a letter of felicitation from the President Rodrigo Duterte, congratulating the celebrant for his or her longevity.
In 2016, DSWD has identified the 2,992 centenarian-beneficiaries nationwide.
Tanate said Western Visayas, including Negros Occidental, which has 360 centenarians, has the highest number of beneficiaries in the country.
Iloilo province has the highest number of beneficiaries with 116 while Negros Occidental has 82; Capiz, 65; Aklan, 42; Antique, 27; Iloilo City,19 and Guimaras with nine.
She said that the oldest centenarian-beneficiary is a 117 year-old male centenarian in Kalibo, Aklan.
Meantime, DSWD is targeting 183 centenarians to receive the incentive this 2018.
She said that they have already requested a budget from their central office.
She said the number of centenarians may further increase as they are still validating more would-be centenarians.
She encouraged would-be centenarians this year to already comply with the needed requirements this early so they could release their incentives once the budget is ready.
Requirements to avail of the cash incentive include birth certificate and any valid government-issued identification card.*PNA
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