At least 2,762 senior citizens in Dumaguete City, ageing 80 years old and above, will each receive longevity awards of P5,000 each.
Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo said the city government will distribute the cash incentive to qualified senior citizens by February, or earlier, as P15 million has been set aside for the program. Next year, the cash incentive can be increased depending on the availability of funds.
Like Remollo, the sponsors of the ordinance, councilors Manuel Arbon, Lilani Ramon and Michael Bandal, believe that the monetary reward should be given to the senior citizens 80 years old and above so they can use it for their general well-being and to meet some of their medical needs. This is consistent with the constitutional mandate for the city government to provide just social security programs for the elderly, they said.
Remollo also lauded the other members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod for approving the ordinance that will be implemented by the City Social Welfare and Development Office and the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs.
Under the ordinance, the beneficiary must be a living Filipino senior citizen, a resident of Dumaguete City for at least five years as certified by the barangay concerned, must not be more than 100 years old, must have an acceptable proof of age, such as birth or baptismal certificate and updated senior citizens registry at OSCA, and his/her nearest kin or guardian must be a registered voter of the city.
For the un-registered or walk-in elderly claimant or applicant, the OSCA will verify the validity of the claim, and prepare the papers to be forwarded to the CSWDO for processing.*
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