House-to-house delivery for seniors’ aid

Mary Ruth R. Malinao (The Freeman) – April 16, 2020 – 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines — Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella has issued an executive order establishing the guidelines in the distribution of financial aids to senior citizens during the period of enhanced community quarantine.

This is to provide immediate relief to the vulnerable sector without exposing them to the dreaded coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

At least 82,000 seniors are set to get P2,000 in cash aid for the months of March and April. Each senior gets P1,000 per month or P12,000 annually from the city government.

As per executive order no. 68, the distribution of the financial aid will be done in 10 days starting on April 25 until May 4. The disbursement officers with the assistance of the police will deliver the cash aid house-to-house.

The elderly are required to present their original senior citizen identification card and to personally receive the money. If a senior is admitted in a hospital within the city, his or her immediate relative may claim the financial aid upon presentation of the senior citizen’s identification card, medical certificate, and authorization letter.

As stated in the executive order, all qualified seniors who fail to claim their assistance during the distribution period are given 10 days from the lifting of the ECQ to claim such assistance at the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) in City Hall.

 All unclaimed financial assistance after the grace period shall be forfeited and reverted back to the general fund.

For seniors who are qualified to claim the aid on the specified month but have passed away upon the date of distribution, the next of kin may still claim it provided the latter presents his or her birth certificate and the death certificate of the beneficiary.

The OSCA, Department of Social Welfare and Services (DSWS), City Treasurer’s Office (CTO) and all concerned departments, and Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) are directed to implement the executive order in cooperation with the barangays.  FPL (FREEMAN)



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