Nearly 600 centenarians to get P100-K incentive each

LONGEVITY GIFT. Estelita Alliones of Antipolo City, 103, visits the Department of Social Welfare and Development central office in Quezon City on July 13, 2022, accompanied by her daughter and grandchild. DSWD Secretary Erwin Tulfo (left) welcomed Alliones, gifted her with a wheelchair, and released her PHP100,000 incentive the following day. (Photo courtesy of DSWD)

Some 1,111 of  the 1,704 centenarians registered with the  Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) have already received each their P100,000 incentives as on June this year.

The DSWD said Tuesday it has so far disbursed P111.1 million and is set to give out the cash gift to 593 more for the rest of the year. One of the recent beneficiaries was 103-year-old Estelita Alliones from Antipolo City.

Alliones personally visited DSWD Secretary Erwin Tulfo at the agency’s central office in Quezon City on July 13, accompanied by her daughter and grandchild. Aside from her P100,000 incentive, the centenarian was also gifted with a wheelchair.

The 2016 Centenarians Act (RA 10868) entitles all Filipinos who reach 100 years old, whether living in the Philippines or abroad, a “centenarian gift” of P100,000 and a felicitation greetings from the President.

The DSWD has reiterated its call to families of centenarians to process the application as soon as the elderly is qualified. Their relatives are required submit the centenarian’s birth certificate or Philippine passport or other primary documents to the City or Municipal Social Welfare Office and/or to the Office for Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) in their places of residence.

“If the two documents are not available, any one of the primary Identification Cards issued by OSCA, Government Service Insurance System and Social Security System; driver’s license; Professional Regulations Commission license; and Commission on Elections voter’s identification will also accepted.