By Junex Doronio
July 3, 2022
Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama (MyCebu.ph photo courtesy)
CEBU CITY — Realizing that requiring a voter’s certificate for senior citizens to avail of their P12,000 financial aid smacks of politicking, so said Mayor Mike Rama as he expressed his intent to ask the City Council to scrap such requirement.
Presently, senior citizens would need to submit a photocopy of their identification card, a barangay certification, and an original copy of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) voter’s certification to prove they have been voting in this City since 2013.
“I will be calling to amend the requirements for the senior citizen’s financial assistance and no longer require a voter’s certification for you to avail of the cash aid… As long as you are a resident here in the city, then you are entitled to avail of the financial assistance,” Rama said.
Under City Ordinance No. 2453, qualified senior citizens are entitled to the financial assistance of P1,000 a month or a total of P12,000 a year.
The mayor stressed that voting in Cebu City will no longer be a requirement for elderly residents to avail of financial assistance from the city government.
There are about 92,000 senior citizens in the city who are qualified to receive the P12,000 annual cash assistance.
Rama also told his plan to retired Philippine ambassador to Turkey Maria Rowena Sanchez during the latter’s visit to his office.
Sanchez and four other retired ambassadors paid Rama a courtesy visit on July 1, Friday, to congratulate him on his fresh term as mayor.
Sanchez lauded Rama for standing up for senior citizens. (ai/mtvn)