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PIA Press Release
2009/02/17

Katas ng VAT benefits "lolos and lolas"

Iloilo City (17 February) -- The Katas ng VAT: Tulong Para kay Lolo at Lola project has benefited some 398,226 senior citizens nationwide, reports the DSWD website.

The one-time P500 cash subsidy is a project of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

The DSWD records show that in December 2008 in Luzon, Region IV-A has the most number of claimants with 101,718, followed by Region IV-B with 11,387. During the same period in the Visayas, Region VIII has 20,000 claimants; followed by Region VII with 10,134, Region VI has 4,192 and Region V has 774. On the other hand, in Mindanao, Region X has 23,490 claimants, followed by CARAGA 4,268; Region IX has 2,498 and ARMM has 2,000.

The report further disclosed that as of January 30, 2009, Region I has 68,846 claimants, Region III has 46,334, Region XI has 31,950, Region II has 22, 911, NCR has 22,682, CAR has 18,737 and Region XII has 6,305.

According to Secretary Cabral the "Katas ng VAT: Tulong Para kay Lolo at Lola" project is still on-going. She said the local government units through "our Field Offices were urged to submit the complete lists of senior citizens who are qualified for assistance and arrange for the payment scheme so that the P500 one-time cash subsidy by the government. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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