EFFECTIVE next year, senior citizen residents of Taguig City will receive an increase in their birthday cash gift from the city government.
This developed after the Taguig City council has passed an ordinance mandating such an increase to be effective beginning January 1 next year.
Under Ordinance No. 25 Series of 2017, the senior citizen residents of Taguig City, depending on their respective age brackets – 60 to 69, 70 to 79 or 80 and above – will now receive PhP3,000, PhP4,000 and PhP5,000 cash gift from the city government.
Next year’s cash gift increase is the second since the local city council made mandatory, through City Ordinance No. 09, the distribution of P500 monetary gifts to each of Taguig’s elderly on their birthdays in 2008.
In 2013, the local council also adjusted each senior citizen’s birthday cash gift to P1,000.
“In Taguig, we believe that if we have enough resources and capability to provide better services to the people then we do it,” said Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano curing the recent flag raising ceremony at the city hall grounds.
Explaining the rationale behind the increase, Cayetano said she wants “our second parents to feel that they are part of a city government which includes them as one of its priorities since we understand the medical needs and expenses that come with old age.”
Eligible for the birthday cash gift are senior citizens who are residents of Taguig for a minimum of five years and are registered voters of the city.
To claim the birthday cash gift, an elderly resident should present his or her Senior Citizen ID card and signed photocopy of the said ID before the Office for Senior Citizen Affairs (OSCA) at the city hall for processing.
If for whatever reason, except death, an elderly could not personally claim the give, a representative could do so provided that the representation could present an authorization letter, the senior citizen ID card of the beneficiary and a photocopy of the representative’s valid ID.
The elderly is always a priority under Mayor Cayetano’s administration.
Aside from the birthday cash gift, Taguigeño senior citizens are given a PhP1,500 social pension which is distributed quarterly.
In addition to these benefits, Taguigeño senior citizens who reaches the age of 100 shall receive PhP100,000 cash gift from the city government on top of all other allowable monetary benefits.
In Taguig, there is also a house-to-house delivery of free maintenance medicines for those with diabetes, high blood and asthma. They can also avail of the free eye checkups and prescription glasses under the Oplan Linaw program of the local government.
Moreover, a home care service, dubbed TLC Home Care Service, which allows elderly residents to experience free nursing services at the comfort of their own homes is also being implemented in Taguig.