Nonagenarians granted 10k

At least a hundred nonagenarians received P10,000 each from the city government of Baguio through the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) during the elderly month culminating program, Oct. 25 at the PFVR gym.

The checks were handed out by City Administrator Bonifacio de la Pena, CSWDO head Betty Fangasan, elderly group leader Margaret Tolero and city councilors present at the venue.

The nonagenarians include World War II veteran Epifanio Besuayan (96), couples Eduardino (93) and Carolina Damatac (93); and Orlando (95) and Basilisa Pimentel (92); the later being the composer of the Baguio march and other organizational hymns.

There are a hundred and fifty nine (159) qualified nonagenarians listed, with Ignacia Damasco and Calixto Batiyeg, both 99 as the oldest citizens of the city. There are five 98, five 97 year olds; and the rest 96 down to 90 years old, some of who were not able to attend the program.

As stated in the ordinance crafted by Councilor Joel Alangsab, bedridden nonagenarian honorees receive their checks with city officials’ home visit being scheduled.

The ordinance amends two earlier council ordinances, Ordinance 45, 2013 and Ordinance 53, 2016 with the support of the whole city council and Mayor Benjamin Magalong.

The cash gift is given with a congratulatory resolution, plaque of appreciation, and nonagenarian recipients allowed a regular medical check-up and a monthly visit by city health officials.

Cash gifts may still be given to qualified nonagenarians during the first quarter of 2020, as birth certificates and other documents attesting to their having attained the age of ninety, is accepted for assessment at the CSWDO up to December 2019.

The cash gift is available only to those reaching 90 years old next year.

Upon reaching the age of 100, Baguio centenarians receive P20,000 from the city government; aside from the P100,000 allotted by the national government for centenarians.

The theme for the elderly month celebration is “Healthy and Productive aging starts with me.”

Meanwhile living (World War II or post war) veteran centenarians in good standing with the Veterans Federation of the Philippines (VFP) are granted a cash gift of P50,000.

This is embodied in VFP memorandum circular 2019-05, the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) on the grant of cash gift to living veteran members upon reaching one hundred years old.

Veterans need to submit to the National Headquarters application and original documentary requirements including the original copy of birth certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority or Local Civil Registrar with registry number, or with official dry seal of the LCR to the National Headquarters Veterans Federation of the Philippines (VFP).

Photocopies of the Philippine Veteran Affairs Office Pensioner ID card  and Veterans Federation of the Philippines membership ID should also be submitted.

Applicants for the region may get in touch with the Philippine Veteran Affairs Office (PVAO) or the National Headquarters for details. -juliegfianza