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ACT-CIS solon wants 75-year-olds to receive ‘centenarian’ gift

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ACT-CIS party-list has filed a bill allowing senior citizens to receive their centenarian cash gift as early as the age of 75 until they reach 100.

House Bill 4895, filed by Rep. Eric Go Yap, seeks to amend Section 2 of Republic Act 10868 or the Centenarian Law.

“May mga matatanda na nasa 60 years old pa lang ay hirap na kung saan kukuha ng pambili ng gamot at iba pang pangangailangan nila. Paano yung walang pension na nakukuha mula sa pamahalaan?” he said.

“Ang pagbibigay ng cash gift sa mga senior citizens simula edad 75 ay moral obligation natin sa kanila, hindi man malaking halaga pero sigurado tayong makakatulong ito,” Yap stressed.

Under his proposal, all Filipinos residing here and abroad will receive P20,000 upon reaching the age of 75 and another P20,000 will be given after every five years until they reach 100 years old.

By that time, they will receive a cash gift of Php 100,000 as mandated by law.

“It will essentially double what the centenarians will receive but let us not look at it that way. Biruin nyo, pagtungtong ng 75 years old, twenty thousand pesos lang ang matatanggap and after five years pa ulit ang susunod, that is only roughly 11 pesos per day na binibigay natin sa kanila for five years,” Yap said.

“Nakakadurog ng puso at panahon na para baguhin ang batas na ito, bigyan naman natin sila ng dignidad,” the neophyte lawmaker added.

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