An estimated 2,762 senior citizens ageing 80-years-old above in all 30 barangays of the city will each receive longevity award of P 5,000. as additional benefit for the most elderly. But how many will reach that age is the question.
Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo said that the city will soon distribute the cash incentive to qualified senior citizens by February, or earlier, with a budget of P 15 million has been set aside for the program. Next year, the cash incentive can be increased depending on the availability of funds. Not all funds will be used up.
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.
Mayor Remollo also lauded the other members of the City Council for approving the ordinance that will be implemented by the City Social Welfare and Devlopment Office and the Office of Senior Citizens Affair.
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.
People wonder whether the oldies of weak bodies. can fully comply with such rigorous requirements.
For the un-registered or walk-in elderly claimant or applicant, the OSCA shall verify the validity of the claim. Should the elderly qualify under the ordinance, the OSCA shall prepare the papers to be forwarded to the CSWDO for processing.