Se­nior Cit­i­zens of Puerto Princesa re­ceive Cash Grants

Palawan Daily News - - City - Ni Teri Acda

More than 10,000 in­di­gent se­nior cit­i­zens of Puerto Princesa re­ceived P2,400 cash grant each un­der the Un­con­di­tional Cash Trans­fer Pro­gram (UCT) of the na­tional govern­ment.

The re­lease of the cash grant was fa­cil­i­tated by LandBank of the Philip­pines and was su­per­vised by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Re­gional Of­fice of De­part­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment Of­fice. This ac­tiv­ity is co­or­di­nated with City So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment Of­fice headed by Ly­dia Del Rosario and the Of­fice of the Se­nior Ci­ti­zen Af­fairs of Puerto Princesa headed by OSCA Head Mercedes T. Avan­cena.

The first batch of in­di­gent se­nior cit­i­zens re­ceiv­ing cash grant was re­leased on July 21 and 22, 2018 at PALECO Gym, Puerto Princesa City and the se­cond batch re­ceived the cash grant on July 29, 2018. The 2018 al­lo­ca­tion for the UCT for the se­nior cit­i­zens of Puerto Princesa is P24,187,200 and this is the first time that se­nior cit­i­zens of Puerto Princsa re­ceived UCT cash grant.

OSCA Head Avan­cena clar­ify that not all se­nior cit­i­zens of Puerto Princesa can avail of the UCT. Only those that qual­ify as in­di­gents can avail of the cash grant. “As much as we want to give the UCT cash grant to all se­nior cit­i­zens of Puerto Princesa, RA 9994 oth­er­wise known as Ex­panded Se­nior Ci­ti­zen Act of 2010 de­fined the ben­e­fi­ciary. These are se­nior cit­i­zens who are with­out pen­sion or per­ma­nent source of in­come, com­pen­sa­tion, or reg­u­lar and ap­pro­pri­ate fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance from his/her rel­a­tives to sup­port his/her ba­sic needs. Avan­cena fur­ther stated that “Our Of­fice with CSWDO de­ter­mines if a se­nior ci­ti­zen is an in­di­gent.”

The cash grant un­der UCT Pro­gram of the na­tional govern­ment is only one of the many ben­e­fits and priv­i­leges a Filipino ci­ti­zen aged 60 years and over can avail. RA 7432 or the Ex­panded Se­nior Ci­ti­zen Act of 2003, RA 9994, an amended act of RA 7432 and RA 10645, an amend­ment to RA 9994 are the laws that pro­vide guid­ing rules for the ben­e­fits and priv­i­leges for se­nior ci­ti­zen.

The widely known ben­e­fit of be­ing a se­nior ci­ti­zen ac­cord­ing

to OSCA Head Avan­cena is the 20% dis­count on trans­porta­tion for land, air and sea. How­ever, she high­lighted that the 20% dis­count also ap­plies to medicine and drug pur­chases in­clud­ing pro­fes­sional fees of at­tend­ing physi­cian; ho­tels, restau­rants, recre­ational cen­ters and fu­neral ser­vices. There is also 5% dis­count on util­ity pro­vided the me­ter is reg­is­tered un­der the name of the se­nior ci­ti­zen and does not ex­ceed 100 kWh and 30 m3. The ex­press lane is an­other ben­e­fit which se­nior cit­i­zens are now em­pha­siz­ing as their rights. Many es­tab­lish­ments are now pro­vid­ing fa­cil­ity for the ex­press lane for se­nior ci­ti­zen and spe­cial to the City is the free movie ev­ery Mon­day (the first show) at Robin­son’s and SM Malls.

“Al­though the dis­count and ex­press lane are pop­u­lar, se­nior cit­i­zens look for­ward to the fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits they will re­ceive; hence our Of­fice with the Of­fice of Mayor Lu­cilo Bay­ron and CSWDO are work­ing hand in hand to en­sure that fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits are re­ceived by se­nior cit­i­zens of Puerto Princesa.” says Avan­cena.

Un­der the na­tional govern­ment pro­gram, in­di­gent se­nior cit­i­zens can re­ceive the UCT of P200 per month and so­cial pen­sion of P500 per month. The City also pro­vides P600 per quar­ter as fi­nan­cial al­lowance to

all se­nior ci­ti­zen of Puerto Pri­nesa re­gard­less of their eco­nomic sta­tus.

For the 1st and 2nd quar­ters of 2018, so­cial pen­sion for se­nior cit­i­zens of Puerto Princesa was re­leased on July 25 to 27 at the City Coli­seum. The re­lease was co­or­di­nated by OSCA and City So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment Of­fice. The al­lo­ca­tion for these quar­ters amounted to P30,222,000.

Ac­tiv­i­ties re­lat­ing to re­lease of fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits and other ac­tiv­i­ties of se­nior cit­i­zens are dis­cussed dur­ing the monthly meet­ing of the Fed­er­a­tion of Se­nior Ci­ti­zen As­so­ci­a­tion of the Puerto Princesa (FSCAP). This meet­ing is at­tended by all pres­i­dents of se­nior cit­i­zens of the 66 barangays in Puerto Princesa. The pres­i­dent re­lays the in­for­ma­tion to their re­spec­tive con­stituents.

Cash grant ben­e­fi­cia­ries await for the re­lease of their fi­nan­cial sup­port. Photo by Teri Acda/PDN

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