Cebu City eyes cash cards for senior cash aid


THE Cebu City Government is looking at the option of using cash cards for the cash aid of senior citizens.

This is the third option the City is considering in addition to the house-to-house distribution scheme and having senior citizens go to schools or gyms by batch.

Cebu City Councilor Raymond Alvin Garcia, majority floor leader, assured the 77,000 senior citizens of the city that they will receive their cash assistance within the month of April.

Garcia said the City will meet with the heads of government banks on Monday, April 6, 2020, to discuss the matter.

“We are considering the cash card like what the 4Ps use,” said Garcia.

The cash card allows the holder to make automated teller machines (ATM) withdrawals. It can also be used for payment of goods.

With the other two options, Garcia said if the distribution will be done in gyms or schools, the senior citizens will have to be exempted from the stay at home order.

With this distribution scheme, senior citizens will be called by batch to limit the number of people in the same area, as well as to observe social distancing.

The other option is the house-to-house scheme which would take days before the distribution will be completed, given the limited number of personnel, said Garcia.

The senior citizens will receive P2,000 to cover the months of March and April. (JJL)


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