The Taguig City government announced on Thursday it has distributed birthday cash gifts to senior citizens in six barangays in line with Mayor Laarni Cayetano´s comprehensive program for elders.
Under the administration of Cayetano, the welfare senior citizens has always been a priority. Aside from the birthday cash gift, the elders are given a P1,500 social pension which is distributed quarterly.
Last Monday, local officials distributed the birthday cash gifts for seniors in Barangays Bambang, Wawa, Hagonoy, San Miguel, Ususan and Tuktukan.
City Ordinance 25 stated that the city’s elderly will receive P3,000, P4,000 and P5,000 as birthday cash gifts, depending on the age bracket they fall under—the 60 to 69 bracket, the 70 to 79 bracket, and the 80 to above bracket, respectively.
Eligible for the birthday cash gift are senior citizens who are residents of Taguig for a minimum of five years and are registered voters of the city.
To claim the birthday cash gift, an elderly resident should present his or her Senior Citizen ID card that can be processed at the Office for Senior Citizen Affairs (OSCA) located in the city hall, and a signed photocopy of the said ID.
Representatives tasked to claim the gift should present an authorization letter, the senior citizen card of the beneficiary and a photocopy of the representative’s valid ID.
Aside from the birthday cash gift, city centenarians also receive a P100,000 cash award from the city government. They also get the same amount for each year after their 100th birthday as part of the city’s program for centenarians.
Other programs for the elderly in Taguig include:
House-to-house delivery of free maintenance medicines for those with diabetes, high blood and asthma;
Home Health program which allows the elderly to experience free nursing services at the comfort of their homes;
Oplan Linaw program, which allows grandmas and grandpas to avail of free eye checkups and prescription glasses;
Free wheelchairs, canes and hearing aids delivered to their homes.
“In Taguig, we believe that if we have enough resources and capability to provide better services to the people then we do it,” said Cayetano.