AS a Valentine’s gift to the city’s elderly, the Cebu City Government will release P133.9 million worth of financial assistance to 67,000 senior citizens in the city.
Each senior citizen will receive P2,000 on Friday, Mayor Michael Rama said yesterday.
City Administrator Dr. Lucelle Mercado said the distribution for the senior citizens in the north and south district will be held simultaneously in the barangays on Friday morning, starting 8 a.m. up to 12 noon.
“We are giving this prior to Feb. 14 kay mag-celebrate sad baya nang mga seniors og Valentine’s with their families and their grandchildren. Ganahan ang mayor nga ang atong senior citizens malipay (The mayor wants the senior citizens to be happy),” she said.
The P2,000 financial assistance is the first tranche of the P12,000 total cash aid for them this year.
Previously, though, the first tranche of the financial assistance for the elderly was released by the City every quarter or in this case, every March or April.
But Mercado, who is also a member of the local finance committee, said they decided to release early the cash aid because the City has enough money to support it.
“Also, we wanted it released earlier so the giving of the financial assistance will be spread for the entire year,” she said.
Mercado is asking all the qualified beneficiaries of the senior citizen’s program to make sure they claim what is due them on Friday.
This, so they will no longer have to go to City Hall on the next few days. The senior citizens have 15 days after the date of distribution to claim their financial assistance.
Mercado noted that the number of beneficiaries this year has increased compared to the 60,000 senior citizens they recorded last year.
Mercado said they have already included the other senior citizens who have been on the waiting list in the past year.
This year’s financial assistance to the senior citizens has a budget of more than P807 million as approved by the City Council. It is higher compared to the P720 approved budget last year.
After the disbursement of the senior citizen’s financial assistance, the City is scheduled to release on Monday around P10.3 million financial assistance to the more than 10,000 person-with disabilities (PWD) in the city.
Each PWD will receive P1,000 out of their P5,000 total cash assistance for this year.
Also next week, the City will release this quarter’s allowance of the barangays officials and employees of 80 villages.
The barangay captains will receive P15,000 each (P5,000 per month) while the 560 barangay councilors will receive P9,000 (P3,000 per month).
The 80 barangay secretaries and 80 treasurers, on the other hand, will receive P6,000 each (P2,000 per month).
Meanwhile, Mercado said there might be no Charter Day bonus this year for the City employees.
While it has been discussed, Mercado said there is a little chance that such will be given.
The City will be celebrating its 79th Charter Day on Feb. 24.