Dalaguete offers P30k incentives for elderly; Mandaue, P6K cash aid

Dalaguete offers P30k incentives
for elderly; Mandaue, P6K cash aid
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THE local government unit (LGU) of Dalaguete, Cebu, is offering incentives of up to P30,000 to all senior residents who are 95 years of age and above.

Meanwhile, over 2,000 indigent senior citizens in Mandaue City received P6,000 each on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, through the National Government’s Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens (SPISC).

Incentive for ‘super seniors’

The Municipality of Dalaguete, in a press statement on Sunday, June 16, said it is now implementing its Municipal Ordinance (MO) 2023-303, which provides special cash gifts to its “super seniors,” starting from their 95th birthday.

The LGU said the financial incentive is a means of encouraging the next generation to take good care of their health to live long and healthy lives.

As of Saturday, June 15, the Municipality was able to release the special cash gifts to five super seniors, its first batch of beneficiaries.

Based on its financial grants structure, senior citizens aged 95 years old can receive a P10,000 incentive; P15,000 for those aged 96 years old; P20,000 for those aged 97 years old; P25,000 for those 98 years old, and P30,000 for those 99 years old.

Those who reach the age of 100 will receive a P100,000 financial incentive from the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Centennial Program and an additional P100,000 from the Cebu Provincial Government.

Moreover, starting at 101 years old and for subsequent years, the LGU will provide a continuous annual grant of P25,000 for as long as the senior citizen lives.

Social pension in Mandaue

Meanwhile, a total of 2,055 senior citizens in Mandaue City received on Tuesday their financial assistance as part of the SPISC.

The payout distribution, led by Mayor Jonas Cortes and other local officials, was held at the Mandaue City Sports and Cultural Complex.

Beneficiaries were selected based on the evaluation scheme of the DSWD.

According to Camilo Basaca Jr., head of the City Social Welfare and Services (CSWS), the total budget allocated by the DSWD for this initiative is P12,330,000.

Each eligible senior citizen received P6,000 as cash assistance for six months, covering January to June.

The increase in the monthly suspension, from P500 to P1,000 per month, was approved under Republic Act 11916, which lapsed into law in July 2022.

The SPISC, according to the DSWD, covers senior citizens “who are frail, sickly or have a disability; who do not have a permanent source of income, who do not have regular support from family or relatives and who are not receiving other government social pensions.” / CAV, ANV, TPT

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