Seniors troop to City Hall-A A +A
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
HUNDREDS of senior citizens flocked to the Office of the Seniors Citizens Affairs (Osca) to get their financial assistance yesterday.
Elena Alano, 77, of Barangay Quiot failed to claim her P2,000 last Saturday because her name was not in the master list.
Alano said the disbursement officer advised her to verify her records at Osca.
Alano said she already filed an application form for financial assistance for her to qualify as a beneficiary of the cash aid.
“Nipirma na ko pero wa akong ngalan mao nga nianhi ko sa City Hall aron mamasin nga makadawat (I signed but my name was not in the list, that’s why I’m here to try to see if I can claim something),” said Alano.
Herminio and Eutiquia Valmoria of Barangay Tisa said they were not able to claim their P2,000 because they went to Bohol to attend a wedding.
Eutiquia said that before they left for Bohol, they visited Osca to ask if they can still get their assistance even in their absence during the distribution.
“Naniguro gyod mi ug pangutana kay usik pud ug di mi kakuha (We have to ask because we might miss the chance to claim it),” said Eutiquia.
Lawyer Jose Daluz III said that only two percent of the total number of seniors was not able to claim their assistance.
Daluz was tasked by Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama to oversee the two-day distribution.
He said there are some who did not receive their cash during the distribution because there are confusions in their records and data.
The Osca went through verifications of some names to confirm that they are qualified to receive the assistance and that there is no double entry of names.
Last June 15, a moratorium was passed by the Senior Citizens Council.
Under the moratorium, Osca will no longer accept a senior citizen application if an individual is more than 60 years old.
“We need to impose that, so we can prevent them from abusing the program,” Daluz added.
Only those who are exactly 60 years old will be accepted by Osca and will qualify to receive the cash assistance.
For 2013, Daluz said most of the newly-registered voters in Cebu City are transferees and majority of them fall under the age bracket of 60 and up.
“We don’t believe that these are all legitimate senior citizens,” he added.
The Osca also announced that those who failed to claim their cash aid can still come to their office.
They are given 15 days to claim their P2,000.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 08, 2013.