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Centenarians law approval pressed
SENATOR Ramon Bong Revilla Jr. expressed his strong support for the passage of the bill aiming to amend the ‘Centenarians Act of 2016’.
Revilla, principal author of the measure, seeks to grant monetary benefit to those senior citizens aged 80 years old and 90 years old amounting to P10,000, apart from the P100,000 they will receive should they reach the age of 100.
“Inilaban na natin ito sa huling sesyon ng Kongreso, at makakaasa kayong patuloy tayong magpupunyagi upang matamasa ng ating mga kababayan ang mga benepisyong itinutulak nito”, the champion of social justice in the chamber said.
Under the present law, only those who reach the age of 100 years old enjoy the benefit of cash gifts. However, many senior citizens do not reach the said age.
In the most recent data released by the World Health Organization in 2019, the life expectancy for Filipino males is 67 years and 73 years for Filipino females. However, the data do not reflect
possible changes in the numbers over the recent years especially that COVID-19 pandemic happened and continues to persist only after 2019.