Archive | October 23rd, 2017


16 senior citizens aged 100 years old and above in Northern Mindanao recently received each of their Centenarian Gift of P100,000 from the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office X last October 16-20, 2017. An additional three Centenarians will also be paid with the same cash gift this month.

This effort was done in accordance with Republic Act 10868 also known as “Centenarians Act of 2016” which honors and grants additional benefits and privileges to Filipino centenarians.

Based on the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Memorandum Circular No. 4 Series of 2017, a Centenarian refers to all Filipinos, who have reached one hundred years old and above, whether residing in the Philippines or abroad.

The senior citizens who received the Centenarian gift was identified based on the existing database of the government such as record of Office of Senior Citizens Affairs-issued senior citizens ID, Social Pension beneficiaries, Listahanan (National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction), Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS), and other similar sources.

To verify the identification of a beneficiary of the Centenarian Gift, the local social welfare and development offices (LSWDOs) or the Head of the Office of Senior Citizens Association with the Civil Society Organizations conducts a verification process by requiring the beneficiary to present his/her birth certificate or Philippine passport. In case the said documents are not available, any one (1) of the following primary IDs may also be accepted:

  • Senior Citizen’s Identification Card issued by the Head of the Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) indicating the year of birth;
  • Other Philippine-government identification cards such as the Land Transportation (LTO)-issued Driver’s License; social security cards like the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and Social Security System (SSS), Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) License, Philippine Postal ID, Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Voter’s ID, etc. which shows Filipino citizenship and year of birth as a reference point for the Centenarian’s eligibility for the cash incentive.

Centenarians may visit their local social welfare and development office for such incentive, subject to verification and assessment by their City or Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.


Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, Regional Information Officer

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DSWD-X pays cash for work for Marawi evacuees in Region X

More than 20,800 families who were affected and have evacuated in Northern Mindanao during the crisis in Marawi City have received payment from the Department of Social Welfare and Development for their services rendered under the Department’s Cash for Work Program.

In its program implementation guidelines, each internally displaced person (IDP) is paid P200 per day for 10 days for giving various services like cleaning premises in evacuation centers, dredging of canals, and other services related to the maintenance of cleanliness in evacuation centers and communities. DSWD has already extended a total of P41,658,000.00 as of October 19, 2017, for the Cash for Work Program.

To date, the DSWD’s payment for the services rendered by the internally displaced families is still ongoing and are done through scheduling scheme by area.

The DSWD however emphasizes that those who are qualified under the Cash for Work Program are those that are in the clean list of internally displaced families prepared by the local government units where they are temporarily staying, the local government unit of Marawi City, and the DSWD.

“We would like to emphasize that only those in our list are qualified to work for the Cash for Work Program and are entitled to be paid by the DSWD,” Nestor B. Ramos, Regional Director of DSWD-X, says.

“We have made a thorough and careful cleansing of our list to ensure that there is no duplicity of entries, and that all eligible families who are truly affected by the crisis in Marawi City are given with their due assistance,” Ramos said.

It can be recalled that the last day of registration of the internally displaced families affected by the Marawi Siege was slated on July 5, 2017, to finalize the list of IDPs in Region X for review and validation by the local and national governments.

The DSWD is also encouraging the IDPs to wait for their schedule of payment to be announced by their barangay officials, of which the DSWD and CSWD is closely coordinating with.

The DSWD also advises those IDPs who were not able to receive their payment during the scheduled payout to report to the City or Municipal Social Welfare and Development Offices of where they are temporarily staying. The CSWDO or MSWDO shall then report their names to the DSWD for another schedule of payout.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, Regional Information Officer

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October 2017