Senior citizens of Candon City are now better than before!
Marcelino “Mike” Carino, president, Office of the Senior Citizen Affairs Candon City, said this after assessing the assistance and services given to them.
“I am always very proud to relate in meetings outside the city all the benefits we are receiving,” Cariño said
There are currently 6, 021 senior citizens recorded by OSCA as of second quarter.
He cited the P500 monthly pension given by the city which is currently being enjoyed by 150 beneficiaries.
“We one of the two LGUs in the Philippines as far as I know that gives monthly pension to our senior citizens from our own funds,” Cariño said.
He said except from the age qualification of 70 years old and above, all the qualifications of beneficiaries are the same as the national government policy which is based on Republic Act No. 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.
Based on the said law, qualified to receive the P500 monthly stipend are senior citizens who are frail, sickly, or have disabilities; are not receiving pension from Social Security System (SSS), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), or Veterans Pension; and do not have a permanent source of income or regular support from relatives.
The pension is distributed every quarter through cash payment by DSWD Field Offices or city/municipal social welfare and development offices.
The national program is for 65 years old and above.
Currently there are 696 recipients in the city.
City Mayor Ericson Singson said that the senior citizens can count on the full backing of the city government.
“Our senior citizens played huge role in shaping what Candon now and it is but fitting to show them with support and assistance,” City Mayor Singson said.
Cariño noted that the implementation of the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 are closely monitored and observed respectively.
He said that in order for them to be fully appraised with the said law, resource speakers from the Bureau of Internal Revenue, PhilHealth and other concerns are invited to speak before them in their meetings.
He said that under the said law, senior citizens now are mandatory covered by Philhealth under Republic Act no. 10645. The said law also gives the senior citizens and qualified dependents inpatient hospital care, day/ambulatory care, special benefits for catastrophic cases referred to as Z- benefits, Tuberculosis Directly Observed Treatment Short-course (TB-DOTS) package, animal bite package, Malaria package, Outpatient HIV I AIDS Treatment package, and others.
Cariño said that senior citizens are enjoying their benefits based on reports reaching his office and through his own constant inter-action with them.
He mentioned that violations of the said senior citizen related laws have stiff penalties.
Based on the said law, refusing to honor the senior citizen card or any infraction of the provisions will be punishable by imprisonment of not less than two years but not more than six years and a fine of not less than P50,000.00 but not exceeding P100,000.00 for the first violation.
Any subsequent violation, is imprisonment of not less than two years but not more than six years and a fine of not less than P100,000.00 but not exceeding P200,000.00.
Meanwhile any person who abuses the privileges granted under the said law shall be punished with imprisonment of not less than six months and a fine of not less than P50,000.00 but not more than One P100,000.00.
Cariño said that the city government has all year round assistance.
He said that aside from the every December distribution of vitamins, medicines, gifts and party, the city government is extending assistance like some benefitted from the Aid to Individual in Crisis Situation (AICS) and others.
Cariño said that he salutes the works of the officers of the federation and the barangay senior citizen presidents.
“They are tireless workers for the interest of the fellow senior citizens,” Cariño said.
He hinted that more benefits and assistance are to come for the senior citizens of Candon based on the approved proposals he had submitted to the office of the City Mayor. (LBJ)