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Davao orders cash grant for closest relative of deceased senior citizens

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By Yas D. Ocampo

Davao City — Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio signed an executive order granting P5,000 in cash benefits for the relatives of deceased senior citizens.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio explains to the media her reasons for choosing the new Davao City Police Office Chief Senior Supt. Alexander Tagum. (Keith Bacongco)

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio
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The mayor ordered the implementation of a measure that grants the cash assistance for the families as cash assistance, through Executive Order No. 46, Series of 2017.

The document was signed in December.

Qualified to receive the benefits are the deceased elderly’s spouse, children, and next of kin.

Qualified as dependents of the death benefits are the families of deceased senior citizens who have been residents of Davao City for at least six months.

The City Social Services and Development Office would certify the benefactor, which refers to the person who took care of the senior citizen for at least three months prior to the senior citizen’s death.

However, the executive order said that the death benefits would not be separate from a Lingap assistance amounting to the same figure.

“In the event that the beneficiary was granted financial assistance for the burial of the senior citizen through the Lingap Sa Mahirap Program in the amount equal to or more than R5,000, the request for death benefit assistance may be denied,” Mayor Duterte said in the text of the EO.

The death of the senior citizen shall be reported immediately by the surviving legal spouse, nearest surviving relatives or by the benefactor to the Office of the Senior Citizen’s Affairs (OSCA) or City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO) by presenting a copy of the death certificate.

Required documents are death certificate, senior citizens identification card issued by the OSCA or any valid government Identification Card, or any valid government issued identification card of the claimant.

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