Just recently, the Iloilo City Government headed by Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas gave cash incentives to ten seniors citizens aged 80 to 90 years old at the Iloilo City Hall last February 14. Beneficiaries Virginia Panaguiton of Brgy Sooc in Arevalo, and Consolacion Banzuelo of Brgy Jalandoni in Lapuz, both aged 90, received a cash incentive of Php 20,000 each.
“I commend the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs for initiating this program,” states Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas in a Facebook post. The amended Ilonggo Centenarian Ordinance orders the provision of incentives to senior citizens celebrating their 80th and 90th birthday starting December 9, 2019 – when the rule took effect.
Moreover, Milagros Pelobello of Brgy. Calumpang, Molo; Lolita Garcia of Brgy. Libertad, Lapuz; Fermina Durban of Brgy. Lapuz; Nicanor Bayona of Benedicto St., Mandurriao; Lilia dela Paz of Brgy. Calaparan, Arevalo; Rogelio Sapio of Brgy. San Jose, Arevalo; Teresita Tendras of Dela Rama St., City Proper; and Jesusa Tadifa of Benedicto St., Jaro received Php 10,000 each.
It can be recalled, last December 2019, that the Sangguniang Panglungsod approved the amended version of Regulation Ordinance 2017 – 053, otherwise known as the Ilonggo Centenarian Ordinance wherein benefits and privileges are given when a resident hits 100 years old.
Under the amended version, the elderly reaching the age of 80 is entitled to Php 10,000 – Php 20,000 to 90 elderly reaching 90 years old, and Php 50,000 to elderly reaching 100 years old. However, the ordinance has no retroactive effect.