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12,186 centenarians receive P100,000 cash gift

MANILA, Philippines — At least 12,186 centenarians have received a cash gift of P100,000 each since 2017 under the Centenarians Act.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said it has disbursed P1.218 billion for the program.

“This achievement serves as a testament to the nation’s unwavering commitment to honoring its elderly citizens,” DSWD Assistant Secretary Romel Lopez said.

The cash incentive is given to senior citizens who reach the age of 100.

Aside from the cash gift, the DSWD said it would present a posthumous plaque of recognition to the surviving relatives of centenarians who have died.

The birth certificate and Philippine passport of the centenarian should be submitted to the city or municipal social welfare office or to the Office for Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) in the area for availment of the cash incentive.

If the two documents are not available, any one of the primary ID cards issued by OSCA, the Government Service Insurance System and Social Security System; driver’s license; Professional Regulations Commission license and voter’s ID is accepted.