Centenarians to receive cash gifts

Palawan Centenarian Ordinance of 2017 aims to encourage the centenarians’ families and their communities to reaffirm the valued Filipino tradition of caring for the senior citizens. (File Photo, courtesy of PIO)

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Palawan is set to pass an ordinance granting privileges to persons who have reached the age of 100.

 Dubbed as the Centenarian Gift, the package will include a P10,000 one-time cash gift and P2,000 cash gift for each birthday.

Board Member Cherry Pie Acosta, the main author of the resolution, said the measure is in compliance with Republic Act 10868 known as the Centenarian Act of 2016, honoring and granting additional benefits and privileges to Filipino centenarians.

“This ordinance shall be known as Palawan Centenarian Ordinance of 2017, and shall cover those residing in the province who have reached 100 years old and above,” Acosta said.

The implementation of the proposed ordinance will be led by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) in coordination with the Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) and the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) of the 23 towns in Palawan.

The beneficiaries will qualify if they are listed to the PSWDO by their respective MSWDOs with documents and general intake sheets.

The centenarian gift is a one-time cash award that will be taken from available funds of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as included in the General Appropriations Act (GAA).

A plaque of recognition will also be awarded to the living centenarian, and the Php2,000 birthday cash gift every year that his/her birthday is celebrated.

Acosta further cited that under Section 1, Paragraph D of Republic Act 9994, the provision of additional cash incentives “will encourage the centenarians’ families and their communities to reaffirm the valued Filipino tradition of caring for the senior citizens.”

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