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Monday, March 2, 2015

Death Benefit Assistance To Nearest Surviving Relative Who Took Care of the Deceased Senior Citizen

A minimum of Two thousand pesos (Php 2,000.00) as Death Benefit Assistance shall be given to the nearest surviving relative who took care of the deceased senior citizen until his/her death, or in his/her absence, the benefactor or the licensed foster family of the deceased indigent senior citizen, which amount shall be subject to adjustments every two years due to inflation, in accordance with the guidelines to be issued by the DSWD and DILG.


In keeping with the intention of the law and similar government assistance being granted, this benefit shall apply in relation to deceased indigent senior citizens only. However, it will not preclude LGUs already granting burial assistance to continue giving such benefit to non-indigent senior citizens.

ABOUT THE BENEFITS FOR FILIPINO SENIOR CITIZENS
Filipino senior citizens are granted several benefits and privileges under Republic Act No. 9994 and Republic Act No. 10645. In order to avail of these benefits, the senior citizen or his/her authorized representative shall present a valid and original Senior Citizens’ Identification Card.

A Senior Citizens’ Identification Card is issued by the Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) in the city or municipality where the senior citizen resides. Documentary requirements vary per municipality, but the basic qualifications based on RA 9994 are as follows:
  • Must be a Filipino citizen who is a resident of the Philippines
  • Must be 60 years old or above
  • May apply to senior citizens with dual citizenship provided that they prove their Filipino citizenship and have at least six months residency in the Philippines

Minimum of 5% Discount on Water and Electricity For Filipino Senior Citizens

Filipino senior citizens get a five percent (5%) discount on electric and water bills but with qualifications and requirements.  The grant of a minimum of five percent (5%) discount relative to the monthly utilization of water and electricity by households with senior citizens.


Utility discounts can be availed only if the water and electricity connections are registered in the name of the residing senior citizen and the monthly consumption does not exceed one hundred kilowatt hours (100 kWh) of electricity and thirty (30) cubic meters of water.

Only one senior citizen can be granted regardless of the number of resident senior citizens.

To avail of the discount, the senior citizen shall apply for the discount personally or thru a representative and submit requirements:
  • Proof of age and citizenship
  • Proof of billing. Meter registration should be in the name of the senior citizen for a period of one year
  • Proof of residence

There shall be annual renewal of application to the utility provider.

Fifty Percent (50%) Discounts On Utilities For Senior Citizens' Centers And Institutions

The grant of a 50% discount on all electricity, water, telephone consumption for DSWD-accredited senior citizens centers and residential care institutions or group homes that are government-run or organized and operated by non-stock, non-profit domestic corporations, primarily for the purpose of promoting the well-being of abandoned, neglected, unattached or homeless senior citizens.

Such senior citizen centers and residential care or group homes must have been in operation for at least six (6) months and must have a separate meter for said utilities/services.

ABOUT THE BENEFITS FOR FILIPINO SENIOR CITIZENS
Filipino senior citizens are granted several benefits and privileges under Republic Act No. 9994 and Republic Act No. 10645. In order to avail of these benefits, the senior citizen or his/her authorized representative shall present a valid and original Senior Citizens’ Identification Card.

A Senior Citizens’ Identification Card is issued by the Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) in the city or municipality where the senior citizen resides. Documentary requirements vary per municipality, but the basic qualifications based on RA 9994 are as follows:
  • Must be a Filipino citizen who is a resident of the Philippines
  • Must be 60 years old or above
  • May apply to senior citizens with dual citizenship provided that they prove their Filipino citizenship and have at least six months residency in the Philippines

Is A Parliamentary Form of Government Provided By The Bangsamoro Basic Law Allowed By The 1987 Philippine Constitution?

Is a parliamentary form of government allowed by the 1987 Philippine Constitution?

Yes, the 1987 Philippine Constitution left it to the wisdom of Congress to determine the appropriate government structures for local government units and autonomous regions. Specifically, Section 18, Article X of the 1987 Philippine Constitution provides that the Organic Act (the Basic Law in the case of the Bangsamoro) for Autonomous Regions ―shall define the basic structure of government consisting of the executive department and the legislative assembly.


About The Frequently Asked Questions on the Bangsamoro Basic Law

The Bangsamoro Basic Law, intended to establish the Bangsamoro political entity, will abolish the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The law is based on the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro signed by the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Inspite its popularity, many filipinos are still still clueless even with the basic contents of the proposed law.  Probably to increase awarness, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) has posted a set of frequently asked questions about the Bangsamoro Basic Law.  Click here.

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