THE budget for the 2023 Centenarian Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development-Davao Region (DSWD-Davao) is already exhausted, an official from the department said.
DSWD Centenarian Focal Hesed Lim said during the Kapehan sa Davao on Monday, October 2, that they already exhausted the budget for the centenarian program of the department. She added that DSWD will make another request for the 2024 budget of the centenarian program.
“For those centenarians who’ll be celebrating [their birthday] this second-semester priority sila [they are the priority] for the first quarter of 2024,” Lim said.
Lim added that they already awarded 50 eligible centenarians in Davao Region with the majority of them coming from Davao City, followed by Davao Oriental, then Davao del Sur, and Davao de Oro.
The oldest awardee that DSWD has given a cash gift to is a 106-year-old from Boston, Davao Oriental, and was the last recipient of the award.
The benefits that the centenarians would be receiving are a cash gift worth P100,000 and a solicitation certificate signed by President Ferdinand Marcos.
Lim also tackled about House Bill 907 of the proposed “Octogenarians Act of 2019” which seeks to amend the Republic Act Number 10868 otherwise known as the “Centenarians Act of 2016”. The House Bill proposes that senior citizens aged 80, 85, 90, 95, then 100 and 101, will be receiving a particular amount; however, this is still in deliberation in the Senate. She added that DSWD is positive and hopeful that the Senate will approve House Bill 907.
The requirements to avail of the gift are a birth certificate and a Philippine passport, which are the primary documents to be submitted. The supporting documents are the birth certificate of the awardees' children and the affidavit of two interested persons who are 80 years old and above.
If the awardee has an educational background and employment certificate, if they were previously employed, and other government IDs such as Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Social Security System (SSS), PhilHealth, or Driver’s License then these can also be used as supporting documents.
The DSWD program development officers in partnership with the Local Government Unit (LGU) social workers will monitor the recipient of the grant, especially with concerns arising over families that are having conflict on who will take care of the centenarian once the grant is given.
Lim emphasized that the assigned workers in their corresponding area will personally visit the recipient centenarians and monitor whether the elderly have really made use of the cash grant. RGP