Davao council pushes senior death benefits
DAVAO CITY―The 18th City Council is pushing for the implementation of death benefits for senior citizens to aid the financial needs of their families.
Councilor Victorio Advincula Jr., chairman of the Committee on Social Programs, said they are now conducting a series of committee hearings to create the implementing rules and regulations of the death benefits for the senior citizens.
The death benefit will be different from the hospitalization assistance that the city’s Lingap Para sa Mahirap (Compassion for the Poor) program offers, the councilor said.
“What we are doing now is we are creating a system that will be used for the death benefits,” Advincula said.
Only those non-pensioner senior citizens and pensioners under the social pension program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development can avail of the program, the councilor said.
The deceased must also not have a burial or service plan.
“We want to make sure that only those who really need the help of the city will be accommodated. Those who have the capacity to pay for their funeral or burial services, I ask them that we better give it to those who really need it,” Advincula said.
The Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs will screen those who would can avail of the program, then their requests will be endorsed to the City Mayor’s Office. The Treasurer’s Office will then release the check to the beneficiaries, who will each receive P5,000.
Meanwhile, the Office of the President has allocated P30 million a month for the Lingap Para sa Mahirap to accommodate patients that are not residing in Davao City.
“The P30 million is already ready and it will be used by the Lingap soon. This will be handled by our lingap program to aid the hospital needs of those people from outside Davao,” Advincula said.