By Jennifer C. Tilos
Some 1,070 qualified senior citizens, 80-years-old and above received P5,000 each as longevity award, Thursday.
Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo said that there will be another round of payout for those senior citizens who could comply with the requirements.
City Public Information Officer Dems Demecillo said the City Social Welfare and Development Office estimated 2, 762 senior citizens aging 80-years-old above in all 30 barangays of the city, who are eligible and could each receive longevity award as additional benefit for most elderly.
Demecillo said after Thursday’s distribution, some 1, 692 more seniors are going to receive their cash incentive in the weeks to come.
Like Mayor Remollo, the sponsors of the ordinance Councilors Manuel Arbon, Lilani Ramon and Michael Bandal believe that monetary reward given to the senior citizens 80-years-old and above can be used to buy some of their medical needs and comes as an incentive for their general well-being.
“This is consistent with the constitutional mandate for the city government to provide just social security programs for the elderly,” said Demecillo.
Under the ordinance, the beneficiary must be a living Filipino senior citizen; at least five years resident of Dumaguete City, as certified by the barangay, provided his/her nearest kin or guardian must be a registered voter of the city; registered with OSCA; must not be more than 100 years-old; a registered voter of the city as of the recent preceding elections (unless physically unable to register); applied for this incentive award and can present a valid or acceptable proof of age such as birth or baptismal certificate and updated senior citizens registry at OSCA.
Last December 2018, Mayor Remollo also directed the release of cash gifts to 8, 336 senior citizens, regardless whether they have pensions or not.
This is in addition to 16, 605 indigent families and 769 Persons with Disabilities.
In all, 25, 711 received cash gift from the city government last Christmas, the biggest of number of recipients ever.