Lola Eugenia, Centenarian Grandma Dies Without Even Receiving Cash Gift from Government
A centenarian grandma Lola Eugenia has passed away without even receiving the government’s cash gift for centenarians.
Lola Eugenia has already passed away on September 12, 2021 and was laid to rest during her 101st birthday. However, she died without even receiving the P100, 000 cash gift from the government.
The Centenarians Act of 2016 mandate the government to provide a cash gift worth P100, 000 cash to individuals who will reach the age of 100 or known as centenarians. It is a gift for the elderlies.
Earlier, the elderly grandma discovered that the government would release the centenarian gift after a year’s delay. Unfortunately, the century old woman passed away before receiving the gift she deserved.
“Masakit po. Matagal na inintay kaso hindi nakaabot. Kung ‘yun ay nabigay agad noon bago pa siya mag 100, napakinabanggan na po,” Gliceria Gertes, Lola Eugenia’s daughter said.
Gertes reiterated that the government should give the cash gift to centenarians before their 100th birthday. The family applied to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) a few months before Eugenia turns 100.
DSWD reportedly asked then to wait a little bit longer due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The family kept following up the request but they receive no response from the agency.
The family sought the help of a senior citizens’ rights advocate and lawyer Romulo Macalintal. The lawyer discovered that the agency received the application but there were no available funds.
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