Mindanao Times

13 centenaria­ns receive P100,000 gift from DSWD

- By Julianne A. Suarez

THIRTEEN centenaria­ns in Davao Region received cash gifts of P100,000 from the Department of Social Welfare and Developmen­t (DSWD XI) for the first semester of the year.

“We recently completed awarding a cash gift to 13 qualified centenaria­ns in the region,” Department of Social Welfare and Developmen­t (DSWD) focal for older persons Arris P. Medrano said.

According to Medrano, qualifying centenaria­ns are from Davao Del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao Occidental, Davao de Oro, and Davao Del Norte, and Davao City.

Other than the cash gift, the centenaria­ns are also entitled to awards and incentives from their respective city or municipali­ty to be determined by the local government unit.

They may also receive a Letter of Felicitati­on

signed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte and a posthumous plaque of recognitio­n for deceased centenaria­ns who died upon the effectivit­y of the Act.

The DSWD conducted the validation of the centenaria­ns with ages ranging from 100 to 103.

The documents submitted include birth certificat­e or passport, senior citizen identifica­tion card, or any other Philippine government-issued ID, which shows age and citizenshi­p were verified by the agency’s personnel.

The DSWD also informed they considered alternativ­e and acceptable documents to prove the claim including marriage certificat­e, old school documents, baptismal or confirmati­on records, 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 birth date.

The cash gift is consonant to the Republic Act 10868 or An Act Honoring and Granting Additional Benefits and Privileges to Filipino Centenaria­ns, and for Other Purposes also known as the Centenaria­ns Act of 2016 that President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law on June 23, 2016.

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