Issue of November 5, 2017

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DSWD set to release P5.3 M for centenarians
by Nerizza Faye Villanueva

A total of P5.3 million is expected to be released by the Department of Social Welfare and Development to 53 centenarians in the Cordillera by yearend.

The release of the amount is in compliance to Republic Act 10868 or the Centenarians Act of 2016 mandating the provision of P100,000 incentive for Filipino citizens reaching the age of 100.

DSWD Cordillera Director Janet P. Armas said 32 of 53 centenarians or their surviving relatives have already received the cash incentive.

In 2016, the DSWD-CAR received 25 applications for potential beneficiaries, but only 19 were found eligible to receive the 100,000 incentive upon assessment and verification of their documents.

“We had to drop some names since we have to follow the guidelines. As much as we want to give the incentive, we could not disregard the requirements for the protection of the people involved and to prevent the assistance from being abused,” Armas said.

DSWD-CAR noted some reports claiming that Kalinga Tattoo Artist Apo Whang-od has not received the incentive.

Focal person on elderly Rojhelea An Marie Claur said based on the birth certificate provided to DSWD, Apo Whang-od is only 98 years old.

“However, she can still avail of other services from the DSWD as long as she fulfils the requirements,” Claur said.

Whang-od has been registered in 2015 with a declared age of 96.

Claur added that centenarians who had their late registrations in 2016 are required to present additional documents for verification.

DSWD Memorandum Circular 4, s. 2017 provides 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 civil society organization for the verification of the centenarian’s date of birth.

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

Two of the following secondary documents maybe accepted in the absence of primary IDs: marriage certificate; birth certificate of children borne by/of the centenarian issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority of 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.

For 2017, the DSWD-CAR has already received the documents of around 79 centenarians and 28 of them will be able to receive the cash incentive this year.

Queries, comments, or grievances regarding the incentive can be forwarded to the local social welfare and development office, OSCA or to DSWD-CAR through, or (074) 446-59-61 and look for Rojhelea An Marie Claur.

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