City to give P2,000 to each senior-A A +A
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
SENIOR citizens in Cebu City will finally get another installment of their financial assistance from City Hall.
City Mayor Michael Rama announced yesterday that the city’s elderly will get P2,000 each this weekend.
City Hall would have to set aside more funds for the assistance as the number of senior citizens in the city increased to 60,000 from 58,000 after the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (Osca) reviewed the list of elderly.
During the opening of the Senior Citizen's Month, Rama announced that the senior citizens in the north district will received their financial aid on Friday. Those from the south district will be released the following day.
The distribution of the assistance will be conducted in the barangays.
The mayor promised to give P10,000 to each qualified senior citizen this year.
Last March, City Hall released P4,000 to each elderly. With this weekend’s release, senior citizens still have P4,000 to look forward to.
Rama said senior citizens can expect the last tranche to be released in the first week of December yet.
The mayor also clarified that there was no directive to cut the allowances of judges.
The allowance was suspended because the City Government ran out of funds by the first half of the year. The mayor said that of the P24 million proposed by the executive branch at City Hall, only P12 million was approved by the City Council.
Rama said the judges’ allowances will be included in the second supplemental budget.
Rama said he does not believe that the judges will be influenced by the allowances they received from local government units (LGUs).
“They can be biased with or without the allowance,” said Rama.
He compared the giving of allowances to judges by the LGU to that of a father giving allowances to his children.
“It's an obligation. Besides, it's not easy being a judge,” said Rama.
In another development, Mayor Rama disagreed with the proposal to base the allowances of police personnel on their gun proficiency.
“Let's not focus on gun proficiency because the more important thing is the mind so that they (policemen) would not have to use their firearms,” Rama told reporters in his regular press conference yesterday.
The proposal to base the allowances of policemen on gun proficiency came from Councilor Richie Osmeña.
Police Coordinating and Advisory Council (PCAC) presiding officer Eugene Elizalde said the proposal was based on the implementation of the same rule in the late 1990s by Osmeña’s father, former vice mayor Renato Osmeña.
Elizalde said gun proficiency can be determined through tournaments and to ensure that police personnel will be able to train effectively in gun handling, the City Government would need to have its own shooting range and reloader.
With the reloader, the City can reuse spent shells.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 02, 2013.