The Cebu Provincial Government planned to give financial aid in lieu of rice to senior citizens.
Vice Governor Agnes Magpale made the announcement as she made rounds of Halad alang ni Lolo ug Lola program throughout the province.
She said distributing cash would make it easier for senior citizens. It will also save Capitol some money from transportation cost.
Halad is the Capitol’s program under Governor Hilario P. Davide III. It entitled the senior citizens to rice subsidy from the province.
Last March 15-17, Vice Gov Magpale and her staff distributed three kilos of rice to senior citizens in Bantayan Island.
Because of his separate appointments, Gov. Davide, joined the distribution in the town of Santa Fe only on March 17. In Barangay Hilantagaan, the governor said, they hope to release the financial aid starting this December.
Along with the distribution, the vice governor said they are updating the master list of senior citizens of each town and component city.
She pointed out that Gov. Davide has been asking for the list since this will be the basis of determining the budget for the financial aid.
The vice governor clarified that the program is not made a tool to advance the political stocks of those in power.
She said all senior citizens will be given assistance as long as they can show proof of their age.
The vice governor’s office, who has been tasked to implement the program, had a list of all senior citizens per town and city. However, in the actual distribution, more senior citizens came than expected. For instance, in Madridejos, 200 more were added in the list.
Before they can claim their rice, the names of the senior citizens in the list were marked check upon presentation of their identification card. They were also required to put their thumbmark beside their names.
In the initial list of the Capitol, there are 10,665 senior citizens in the towns of Santa Fe, Bantayan, and Madridejos in Bantayan Island.