Octagenarians, nonagenarians to get financial incentives from Cebu City
CEBU CITY, Philippines — Octagenarians and nonagenarians in Cebu City may start getting a financial incentive starting 2022 following the passing of an ordinance that would distribute the P100,000 incentive for centenarians along two decades.
Councilor Eugenio Gabuya, Jr., the main proponent of the ordinance, said that the city government’s support to people who reach 100 years old is a good program, but the reality shows that by age 80 years old, senior citizens were already suffering multiple illnesses.
Every centenarian, who are residents of Cebu City, is entitled to P100,000 from the city government for reaching such age. With the passed ordinance, this incentive can already be availed of as early as 80 years old, in a staggered manner.
In an interview on August 26, 2021, Gabuya said that the ordinance will provide P5,000 incentive for 80 to 89 years old, P15,000 incentive for 90 to 99 years old, and P80,000 for those who reach 100 years old.
This will only be applicable for those who has not turned 100 yet, as those, who have turned 100 years old by the implementation of the ordinance, will get the full P100,000 incentive.
Those, who are 90 to 99 years old by the implementation of the ordinance, will get P20,000 since they were not able to avail of the P5,000 incentive in their 80s.
All octagenarians or those from 80 to 89 years old can then avail of their P5,000 incentive upon the implementation of the ordinance.
“Daghang senior citizens, ig abot sa 80 años, daghan nag gibati nga sakit-sakit. Mao na among ibahin, ig 80 years old, makadawat siya, ig 90 napud makadawat siya, nya ig 100 kato nang remaining,” said the councilor.
(Many senior citizens suffer from many ailments when they reach 80 years old. That is why this is divided, when 80 years old they receive (part of the incentive), when 90 they also receive (part of the incentive), and then at 100 they receive the rest of the incentive.)
The ordinance, which was co-authored by Councilors Raymond Garcia and Leah Japson, originally allotted more incentives to octagenarians, but the authors opted to lower the incentive considering the limitations of the budget of the city government.
Gabuya is confident that Mayor Edgardo Labella would sign the passed ordinance and implement it as the mayor has been known to champion senior citizens as he is a senior citizen himself.
Should the ordinance be implemented, the Office of the Senior Citizens (OSCA) would facilitate the idenitification of qualified senior citizens and the distribution of the financial incentive as well.
The councilor hopes that the ordinance will help the senior citizens, who managed to reach the old age and reward them for their long lives.
The financial incentives would also allow the city government to help more senior citizens than before.
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