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PA-8 leads distribution of PGMA's "Tulong Para Kay Lolo at Lola" in Tanauan

Tacloban City (February 24) -- A total of 273 senior citizens of Tanauan, Leyte had smiles on their faces, after receiving President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's cash gift on February 23 at the People's Lobby of the Tanauan Municipal Hall.

Presidential Assistant for Eastern Visayas, Hon. Cynthia Nierras, happily led the handing over of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's cash assistance. She was ably assisted by Tanauan Mayor Roque A. Tiu, Ms. Nilda Oliva of the DSWD Region 8 and the municipal councilors of Tanauan.

In her speech before the distribution, PA Nierras explained that the cash gift is being given to them by President Arroyo because of her concern and love for the senior citizens. She said that the cash gift came from the VAT collections where a certain percentage is allotted for social services.

President Arroyo chose to give a portion of the collection to the senior citizen who do not have pensions, PA Nierras said.

For his part, Mayor Tiu thanked the President for her concern to the senior citizens. He also expressed happiness that Tanauan is one of the few municipalities in the Region that has already received the President's Katas ng VAT: Tulong Para Kay Lolo at Lola.

Many of the beneficiaries are from the barangays, Mayor Tiu observed. He agreed with one of the beneficiaries' comment that the cash gift will be much help to them in buying their maintenance medicines, considering that cash is hard to find in the barangays.

Mayor Tiu intimated that many other senior citizens flocked to the Municipal Hall during the distribution.. Perhaps, some of them did not bother to register when the municipal social workers were calling them to do so, Mayor Tiu said.

Those who did not receive cash gift were told to register so that if there will still be another release, then they will already be included.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo launched on July 25, 2008, the "Katas ng VAT Tulong Para kay Lolo at Lola" cash subsidy program to support the special needs of the elderly in recognition of their valuable contributions to nation-building as well as ease their plight amid the increase in prices of basic commodities.

Funded through the VAT collection, the President has earmarked P500 million for the subsidy program, which will benefit one million senior citizens aged 70 years and above who have no regular income and are not covered by the Social Service System (SSS) Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) or any other government insurance system.

Taken from the P4-billion expanded Value Added Tax (VAT), the one-time P500 subsidy is part of the various social services that the government has provided for the poor, including the elderly, thanks to the VAT.

The program is being implemented nationwide by the DSWD in cooperation with the Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) and local government units. (PIA 8) [top]

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