DSWD: 12,186 centenarians provided with benefits since 2017

Philippine Tribune
Philippine Tribune

By JISELLE CASUCIAN, GMA Integrated News



The Department of Social Welfare and Development on Tuesday said 12,186 Filipino centenarians received benefits since 2017.

In a statement released by the DSWD, Assistant Secretary Romel Lopez said the beneficiaries, whether residing in the Philippines or abroad, received P100,000 and a felicitation and congratulatory letter signed by the President of the Philippines following the Centenarians Act of 2016.

“The Centenarian Program represents our respect for our elderly and acknowledges the invaluable contributions they have made to society over the decades,” said Lopez.

The DSWD also provided posthumous plaques of recognition for deceased centenarians to their nearest surviving relatives.

Lopez added that to avail of the benefits mandated by the Centenarians Act, relatives of the centenarians must submit primary documents such as birth certificates and Philippine passports, or any one primary Identification Card issued by the government to the City, Municipal Social Welfare Office and the Office for Senior Citizens Affairs.

“In cases that the said identification documents are not available, the centenarian or their family members can submit any secondary documents such as marriage certificate, birth certificate of a child borne by the centenarian, among others,” said the DSWD official.

The DSWD said they would continue to coordinate with local government units and the National Commission on Senior Citizens (NCSC) for better implementation of the Centenarians Act. — DVM, GMA Integrated News

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