Taguig City OKs increase in senior citizens' birthday cash gift

Nov 25, 2017

Good news for Taguigeño lolos and lolas!

The Taguig City council has passed an ordinance approving an increase in their birthday cash gifts.

Under Ordinance No. 25, series of 2017, the lolos and lolas in the city will be receiving P3,000, P4,000 and P5,000, depending on which age bracket they fall under -- the 60 to 69 bracket, 70 to 79 bracket, or 80 to above bracket respectively, starting January 2018.

The increase is the second since the City Council made mandatory, through City Ordinance No. 09, the distribution of P500 monetary gifts to each of Taguig's elderly on their birthdays in 2008.

In 2013, the local council also adjusted each senior citizen's birthday cash gift to P1,000.

"In Taguig, we believe that if we have enough resources and capability to provide better services to the people then we do it," announced Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano on Nov. 20, Monday morning at the flag raising ceremony held at the city hall grounds.

Explaining the rationale behind the increase, the good Mayor said that she wants "our second parents to feel that they are part of a city government which includes them as one of its priorities since we understand the medical needs and expenses that come with old age."

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.

Under Mayor Lani’s administration, the welfare of lolos and lolas has always been a priority. Aside from the birthday cash gift, Taguigeño senior citizens are given a P1,500 social pension which is distributed quarterly.

In addition to these, all senior citizens who reach the age of 100 receive P100,000 and continue to receive the same amount every year after their 100th birthday.

In Taguig, there is also a house-to-house delivery of free maintenance medicines for those with diabetes, high blood and asthma.

The TLC Home Care Service -- which allows elderly residents to experience free nursing services at the comfort of their own homes -- is also being implemented in Taguig.

Lolos and lolas can also avail of free eye checkups and prescription glasses under the Oplan Linaw program. (Nov. 25, 2017)