1,130 centenarians receive cash gifts

Published October 1, 2021, 6:54 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

A total of 1,130 centenarians who are living in the Philippines and abroad have already received their entitled cash incentives as provided under the law.


The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reported on Friday, Oct. 1, that it has disbursed P113 million for the P100,000 cash gift of the centenarians.

“As of August 2021, the Department has already served 1,130 centenarians out of the 1,319 target beneficiaries for the present year with P113 million amount disbursed,” it said in a statement on Friday, Oct. 1.

Republic Act No. 10868 or the Centenarians Act of 2016 entitles all Filipinos who have reached 100 years old and above, whether residing in the Philippines or abroad to receive a cash gift amounting to P100,000 and a Letter of Felicitation signed by the President of the Philippines.

The DSWD reminded the relatives of the centenarians to submit primary documents such as birth certificate and Philippine passport to the City or Municipal Social Welfare Office and the Office for Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) in their localities in order to avail of the benefits of the law.

“If both documents are unavailable, any one of the primary Identification Cards issued by OSCA, Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), and Social Security System (SSS); driver’s license; Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) license; and Commission on Elections (Comelec) Voter’s ID, is also accepted,” it said.

“Secondary documents of the centenarians may also be submitted in the absence of the primary documents or identifications,” it added.

Meanwhile, the DSWD expressed commitment to continue coordinating with local government units (LGUs) and the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) to determine the estimated number of centenarians for 2022.

“The Department is undertaking measures to improve planning and budgeting for a more effective implementation of the law,” it said.