Would-be-centenarians urged to submit documents for cash incentive

ILOILO CITY –Senior citizens who will turn 100 this year are advised to already submit their documents to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to qualify for the of the government.

Judith Tanate, DSWD-6 focal person for Persons with Disabilities and Older Persons, said on Wednesday there were asking for the documents so they would know how much budget would be allotted for 2018.

As of April, Tanate said they already received the documents of 26 individuals who turned or would be turning 100 years old this year. Their documents are still subject for validation.

To avail of the incentive, the applicant has to submit an original copy of the birth certificate as the primary document. If not available, the department can accept primary identification card like the senior citizen’s identification and any Philippine government-issued ID, which shows the citizenship and birth date of the individual.

Other alternative documents in case the abovementioned IDs are still unavailable, are baptismal or confirmation records, marriage certificate, old school documents, birth certificate of children, or an affidavit executed by at least two disinterested persons at least 80 years old with personal knowledge of the centenarian’s actual age or date of birth.

Tante said that members of the family of the centenarian should submit the documents only to their City/ Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (C/MSWDO).

In 2015, Western Visayas, including Negros Occidental, has 360 identified centenarians. The department has allotted PHP36 million for the cash incentives.

DSWD-Western Visayas has already disbursed their incentives this year with 98 centenarians remaining in the region yet to receive theirs as they are still processing their documents.

Tanate hoped that the incentives would be fully distributed to the beneficiaries in the region before the end of this month.

The cash incentives given to all centenarians in the country was realized through Section 2 of the Republic Act 10868 or the “Centenarians Act of 2016,” wherein all Filipinos who reached the age of 100 years old shall be honored with centenarian gift worth PHP100,000 along with a letter of felicitation from the President of the Philippines congratulating the celebrant for his or her longevity. Cindy Ferrer/PNA – northboundasia.com