Cebu City assures seniors’ Christmas holiday cash grants

November 18, 2010 12:52 pm 

CEBU CITY, Nov. 18 – More than 5,000 senior citizens in Cebu City who have not received the P4,000 financial aid yet from the City Government may have a brighter Christmas.

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama has instructed City Administrator Jose Marie Poblete and Councilor Joey Daluz to facilitate the aid.

Rama said the city should pay its obligation to the senior citizens who are qualified, but have not yet received the financial assistance.

The financial assistance to senior citizens was withheld last June pending a change in the administration.

Daluz, who chairs the committee on budget and finance in the City Council, said the mayor already authorized them to appropriate funds for it.

The councilor said they will make an insertion of some P22.7 million in Supplemental Budget (SB) 5 for that purpose.

He said there are 5,656 senior citizens in the City who are qualified to receive the P4,000 financial aid from the City Government.

The city already released P128 million for the 32,000 senior citizens who earlier filed their applications for the financial assistance.

”More than 5,000 were late in filing their papers…we’ll do our best to release the cash),” Daluz said.

He said they are set to approve the more than P1 billion in SB-5.

Rama assured the city’s senior citizens that the financial aid for them will continue next year.

But the mayor clarified that there should be a new guideline before the resumption of the program for the new applicants.

This is because of the reported attempt of some senior citizens to avail themselves of the program even if they are not qualified.

Senior citizens must be registered voters in Cebu City as of May 2007 aside from being a member of the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) to qualify for the cash assistance.

It was the former mayor and now Rep. Tomas Osmena (Cebu City,. South district) who initiated the program for senior citizens as part of a campaign promise in the 2007 elections. (PNA)

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