Cebu City’s 60,000 senior citizens get PHP2,000 cash aid

CEBU CITY, Oct. 27 (PNA) — The Cebu City government on Tuesday distributed the fifth trance of the cash assistance for the city’s 60,000 senior citizens of PHP2,000 each.

Cebu City Treasurer Diwa Cuevas said the distribution of the cash assistance was done in the city’s 80 villages.

Each senior citizen in city by now has received a total of PHP10,000.

A qualified senior citizen receives a total of P12,000 a year from the city.

Cuevas said the city set aside PHP120 million for the fifth tranche of the cash assistance for senior citizens.

Cuevas said the remaining balance will be given in December.

She said the city will also distribute the PHP1,000 cash assistance for the city’s 9,000 persons with disabilities (PWDs) on Thursday.

Earlier, the city’s senior citizens council approved a resolution barring senior citizens from getting financial assistance if they failed to get it in two consecutive distributions.

Their names will also be deleted from the list of qualified beneficiaries and they have to reapply before the Department of Social Welfare and Services (DSWS) as new applicants to claim the cash assistance.

The records of the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (Osca) showed that only 47 percent of those in the list claimed the aid last January and 64 percent last April. (PNA)