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More senior citizens benefit from Katas ng Vat: Para kay Lolo at Lola

By Leah T. Quintana, DSWD-Caraga

Butuan City (29 October) -- More senior citizens have benefited from the government’s Katas ng Vat: Para kay Lolo at Lola implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The Department has continued the one-shot provision of P500 to senior citizens taken from the collection of the oil value added tax.

Implemented nationwide, the program requires that beneficiaries must be 70 years old and above, dependent or belonging to a family whose income is within or below the poverty threshold per are and not covered by any private and/or government agency retirement benefit like SSS, GSIS, PVAO. The guideline also provides that a ratio of one beneficiary per family shall be followed.

The claimant, according to DSWD Caraga Director Mercedita P. Jabagat, shall present a valid identification card (OSCA ID, etc.) that indicates the birth date of the senior citizen, for validation purposes or a certification from the barangay captain as to the age of the senior citizen. In case the claimant is an authorized representative of the senior citizen, Jabagat said, he/she shall present the valid ID of the claimant and authorization letter attested by the senior citizen beneficiary.

Last year, a total of 9,632 senior citizens received the P500. For this year, DSWD Caraga has distributed this October to 2,612 senior citizens from Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte and Agusan del Sur. Another 2,312 beneficiaries from Butuan City will get the P500 on November 4, 2009.

As of this report, a total of P6, 122,000.00 has been released by DSWD to senior citizens. (PIA) [top]

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