Issue of August 6, 2017
     
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Elders receive 100K from DSWD
by Nerizza Faye G. Villanueva

Thirteen centenarians from the Cordillera received a total of P1.3 million incentives from the government through the Department of Social Welfare and Development-Cordillera.

The awardees are from Abra, Apayao, Kalinga, Mountain Province. Eight of them personally received the assistance while the incentive of the deceased centenarians was received by their families or their representatives. Each received P100,000.

The incentive is the Department’s contribution in the implementation of Republic Act 10868 or the Centenarians Act of 2016, which honors and grants additional benefits and privileges to Filipino centenarians.

The DSWD-Cordillera has already received the documents of around 79 centenarians for 2017.These documents will undergo evaluation and verification and once processed, their incentives are targeted to be released on the third quarter of the year.

“We will do our best to fast-track the release of the incentives because we recognize that time is of the essence. We hope that all our stakeholders, especially the family of our centenarians will be proactive in the process. We also hope that the incentive will be properly used for the benefit of the centenarians,” DSWD Regional Director Janet Armas said.

Armas said one of the challenges they encounter on the provision of the cash incentive to the centenarians is the lack of documents verifying their date of birth.

DSWD Memorandum Circular  4, s. 2017 states that the birth certificate or Philippine passport of the centenarian should be presented to the local social welfare and development officer, head of the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs in partnership with a partner civil society organization for the verification of the centenarian’s date of birth.

In the absence of these documents, a senior citizen’s identification card or any Philippine-government issued ID may also be accepted.

Two of the following secondary documents may be accepted in the absence of primary IDs: marriage certificate; birth certificate of children borne by/of the centenarian issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority or the Local Civil Registrar; affidavits executed by at least two disinterested persons who are at least 80 years old with personal knowledge of
centenarian’s actual age or date of birth; old school or employment record showing date of birth of centenarian; baptismal and/or confirmation records of centenarian certified by the parish church and other religious denomination; medical or dental examination issued by medical practitioners; or other related documents stating the date of birth of the centenarian.

In a supplemental guideline, Filipino centenarians, whether residing in the country or abroad, who were alive when the law took effect on July 15,  2016 but died before the actual implementation of the law are still entitled to receive the incentive. This shall be received by the legal representative or the nearest surviving relative of the centenarian.

The DSWD is still distributing the remaining P1M to the centenarians who have not received their incentive.

Any query, comment, or grievance regarding the incentive may be forwarded to the local social welfare and development office, OSCA or to DSWD-CAR through https://www.facebook.com/dswdfocar/, focar@dswd.gov.ph or (074) 446-59-61 and look for Rojhelea Claur.


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