Some 1, 070 qualified senior citizens ageing 80-years-old above received cash at P 5, 000 each as longevity award that were distributed, Thursday. They compose the first batch of recipients, who managed to comply with all the requirements.
But Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo said that there will be another round of payout for those senior citizens who could comply with the requirements.
The City Social Welfare and Development Office estimated that there are 2, 762 senior citizens ageing 80-years-old above in all 30 barangays of the city who will each receive longevity award of P 5, 000.00 as additional benefit for the most elderly. 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 be given to the senior citizens 80-years-old and above so they can use the incentive 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.
Under the ordinance, the beneficiary must be a living Filipino senior citizen; at least 5 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 if the recent preceding elections (unless physically unable to register); application for this award and 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.