TUGUEGARAO CITY, PHILIPPINES- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on April 7 said it will release a total of P10,300,000 this month for the cash incentives of year 2016 centenarians from Cagayan Valley region.
The DSWD said 103 centenarians were identified in the region and each will receive a cash gift amounting to P100,000.
In a statement, social welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said she “regret” the delay of the disbursement of the cash incentives as “we have had to work within established legal and budgetary processes which made it difficult to immediately expedite the release of the cash incentives for our senior citizens.”
“We are pleased to announce that our centenarians will finally receive their cash incentives this month. I know that they have been waiting for this since last year. The DSWD Central Office has already downloaded the funds to the field offices, which are now on the process of validating the needed documents for the fund’s release to the beneficiaries,” Taguiwalo said.
Section 2 of Republic Act 10868 or the “Centenarians Act of 2016,” mandates that all Filipinos who reach the age of 100 years old, whether residing in the Philippines or abroad, shall be honored with a Letter of Felicitation from the President of the Philippines congratulating the celebrant for his or her longevity; and a centenarian gift in the amount of ₱100,000.
Moreover, the centenarians will receive a plaque of recognition and cash incentive from their respective city or municipal governments in appropriate ceremonies. The amount of the additional incentive shall be determined by the local government unit concerned.
The 103 centenarians are just part of the over 2900 centenarians from around the country to receive the long-awaited incentives.
The breakdown of the 2,992 total centenarians recorded in 2016 are as follows: 201 from National Capital Region (NCR); 216 from Region I; 25 from the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR); 103 from Region II; 342 from Region III; 136 from Region IV-A; 115 from Region IV-B; 135 from Region V; 360 from Region VI 239 beneficiaries in Region VII; 55 from Region VIII; 17 from Region IX; 176 from Region X; 52 from Region XI ; 314 from Region XII; 84 from CARAGA; 18 from Negros Island Region; and, 230 from Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
There are also 174 recorded centenarians who are living overseas. Northernforum.net