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Mayor to give fund aid to senior citizens

Cebu City Mayor Edgardo C. Labella has signed an executive order giving financial assistance to senior citizens at P1,000 a month or a total of P3,000 for the month of January, February and March 2021 starting at 7:00 a.m. on March 27.

The distribution of financial assistance is still house-tohouse to make sure that senior citizens will be spared from Corona Virus Disease (Covid-19) pandemic and follow the minimum health protocol.

The financial assistance will be distributed by the staff of the Cebu City treasurer’s office, Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) headed by Jeffrey Ocampo, barangay officials, and enforcement group of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Ocampo said Cebu City has more than one million population and more than 84,000 are senior citizens.

According to Labella, senior citizens who have received cash cards issued by Land Bank may activate it and inform OSCA or Ocampo about it so they can get their financial assistance.

The others who have no cash cards yet shall wait at their respective residences because Labella want it delivered personally to senior citizens so they will stay home as we are still in pandemic.

“We want you to be safe and not exposed to Covid virus because the World Health Organization said senior citizens are vulnerable to get the disease,” Labella said.

He advised the senior citizens to use the financial assistance for their maintenance medicines and vitamins.

Labella said that his administration is distributing the financial assistance to senior citizens because these people have contributed to nation building during their prime time.

Secretary Franklin Quijano, the chief of the Presidential Commission on Senior Citizens, told Cebu Business Week that they are now finalizing a new law for senior citizens that will have a uniform implementation of the law in all Local Government Units (LGUs). ELIAS O. BAQUERO