Cebu City to release more cash aid to 7K seniors on election week

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CLOSE to 7,000 senior citizens ages 80 to 99 will receive an additional cash aid from the Cebu City Government on Friday, May 13, 2022, or four days after the national and local elections.

Dr. Ester Concha, Cebu City Hall consultant for social services, told SunStar Cebu that the City will give P5,000 each to 6,882 registered senior citizens aged 80 to 89 while those aged 90 to 99 will get P15,000 each. There are 192 seniors aged 90 to 99.

The additional cash aid is on top of the P12,000 annual cash assistance that they get from City Hall.

The additional financial aid is based on an amendment made to City Ordinance 2235 or the “Ordinance Conferring the Centenary Senior Citizens’ Award to Qualified Senior Citizens on October of Each Year,” which was passed by the Cebu City Council on Aug. 18, 2021.

The amended ordinance provides for an additional cash incentive of P5,000 to senior citizens who are 80 to 89 years old and P15,000 for those who are 90 to 99 years old.

This means that seniors who are 80 to 89 years old will now receive P17,000 annually beginning this year, and those who are 90 to 99 years old will receive P27,000 annually. Those who reach 100 will get P80,000 a year.

However, only those who turned 80 and 90 as of Jan. 2022 can qualify for the increased cash aid. The additional cash assistance will become a regular program for seniors.

Concha said the amendment to the ordinance was initially proposed two years ago but deliberations were delayed due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

The councilors who proposed the amendment to the ordinance said they decided to push for lowering the age of the senior citizens to qualify for additional cash incentives since not many of them can reach 100 years old.

Concha said the additional cash aid is not affected by the election ban as they will distribute it after the elections.

She added that they were supposed to release the aid earlier but the election ban on government expenditures prevented them from doing so.

Concha said they are already coordinating with the City Treasurer’s Office for the release of the cash aid, which they plan to do by barangay.

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