Sen. De Lima Sponsors Bill Granting Early Cash Gifts For Senior Citizens Aged 80, 90

Sen. De Lima Sponsors Bill Granting Early Cash Gifts For Senior Citizens Aged 80, 90

Spotlight

Phoenix Introduces New FamilyMart Retail Format Through Cebu Stores

FamilyMart opens three new compact stores in Cebu, offering a unique customer experience in response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Globe Introduces Mobile Health Solution With GoHealth

For just P20, you can now enjoy up to P,1000 health insurance from Pacific Cross!

SM Wins 15 Awards From HK’s CG Asia Magazine

SM Investments Corporation continues to be recognized abroad as it recently bagged 15 awards in the 10th Asian Excellence Awards 2020 of Hong Kong magazine Corporate Governance Asia.

GSIS Offers Computer Loan For Members

GSIS, ilulunsad ang Computer Loan Program upang matulungan ang mga miyembro nito at kanilang pamilya sa pagbili ng computer o laptop na gagamitin para sa kanilang mga trabaho o virtual classes ng kanilang mga anak.

Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima has sought for the Senate’s immediate approval of a measure expanding the law on granting cash incentives to centenarians by providing additional gifts to those who reach 80 and 90 years old.

De Lima, who chairs the Senate Committee on Social Justice, Welfare and Rural Development, said the additional cash gifts to senior citizens who reach 80 and 90 would be given PhP10,000 separate from the
PhP100,000 when they reach 100 years old.

“We hope that by expanding the coverage of this law, we are able to concretely honor our elderly for their meaningful contributions and their hard-fought sacrifices to their community and the Philippine society during their years of vigor,” she said.

Last Feb. 26, De Lima sponsored the measure, logged as Senate Bill (SB) 1319, which seeks to provide additional cash gifts of PhP10,000 to senior citizens who reach the age of 80 and 90. Her sponsorship speech was read by Sen. Risa Hontiveros.

The proposed additional cash reward is, however, separate from the mandatory cash gift of PhP100,000 that will be given to senior citizens when they reach 100 years old under Republic Act (RA) 10868, also known as the Centenarians Act of 2016.

“It is a privilege to age and celebrate the gift of life that God gave us. But as we reach old age, the decline of the senior citizens’
productive capacity exposes this sector to various vulnerabilities, and the government must be there to afford them the support they need together with their families” De Lima pointed out.

According to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the government has consistently failed to reach the target of awarding
1,000 centenarians yearly as most Filipino senior citizens do not reach this age.

Based on the 2018 World Health Organization estimates, the average person residing in the Philippines has a lifespan of 69.3 years which is three years shorter than the global average of age 72.

“Even more unfortunately, many, if not most, of our centenarians are already too old, sickly, and impaired to properly enjoy the blessings of the Centenarian Law,” the lady Senator from Bicol noted.

Apart from De Lima, SB 1319 was also authored by Sens. Aquilino Pimentel III, Ramon Revilla Jr., and Juan Miguel Zubiri.

De Lima also principally sponsored and co-authored the Senior Citizen Bill in the Senate which has been enacted into law last year.

Now logged as RA 11350, the Senior Citizen Act creates the National Commission of Senior Citizens dedicated solely in handling the concerns of senior citizens and in ensuring that the DSWD create policies and oversight programs for the elderly. (senate.gov.ph)

Photo Credit: facebook.com/leiladelimaofficial

SoCot Gears Up For Measles-Rubella Vaccination Drive

Health workers in South Cotabato province are gearing up for the upcoming month-long vaccination campaign for measles and rubella, which seeks to cover around 149,000 children in the area.

Globe Launches First-Ever Shareable Data Promo With SHARE&SURF249

Because sharing is caring, Globe now allows you to consume your data with your friends for up to 10GB!

Roque: Swab Tests Still Free For OFWs

GOOD NEWS: Swab testing for OFWs remains free of charge!

AFP Units, Offices To Forego Christmas Parties This Year

Just like majority of offices in the country, the Armed Forces of the Philippines has decided to cancel their Christmas Party this year.

Bacolodnons Mark MassKara Festival With Virtual Events

Here's how the iconic MassKara Festival went this year:

PCG Improves ‘Manual’ COVID-19 Testing For Returning OFWs

The Philippine Coast Guard has made improvements to its “manual encoding” of RT-PCR tests to ease the experience of returning overseas Filipinos.

Bicol Enforces Preemptive Evacuation As ‘Quinta’ Nears

At least 532 families or 1,789 persons in flood and landslide-prone areas in Albay and Camarines Sur are now being evacuated as Tropical Storm Quinta is expected to hit Bicol Sunday night.

DOLE To Roll Out ‘Free Bikes Project’ For Informal Workers

Hitting two birds with one stone! The "Free Bicycles Project" will also tap the displaced workers to provide food and non-food delivery services.

PCG: 577 Passengers Stranded In Ports Due To ‘Quinta’

At least 577 passengers were stranded in several ports in Southern Tagalog, Bicol, and Western Visayas due to Typhoon “Quinta,” according to the Philippine Coast Guard.

106-Year-Old Baguio Resident Recovers From COVID-19

Good news! One of the oldest persons in the country, who was diagnosed with COVID-19, was discharged on Tuesday!