P5T burial assistance in Tagum City

aug 20, 2104

Tagum City Councilor lawyer Eva Lorraine Estabillo has successfully caused for the City Council’s approval of City Ordinance No. 482-S-2014 granting P5,000 burial assistance for qualified senior citizens in the city, starting January 1 next year, 2015.
The city’s current burial assistance fund is pegged P3,000 per beneficiary.
 
The lady councilor invoked Section 2 of Republic Act No. 9994, otherwise known as the Expanded Senior Citizen’s Act of 2010 and the principles of social justice as enunciated in the 1987 Philippine Constitution. 
 
In the ordinance, those who can avail of the P5,000 burial assistance, in case of death, are the qualified senior citizens as vouched by their legitimate beneficiaries in five requirements.
 
These are: certificate of punong barangay on the residence of the deceased, marriage certificate or certificate of no marriage, certification from the barangay senior citizens coordinator that the deceased is a bonafide member of the senior citizen association, photocopy of death certificate and an affidavit of claimant.
 
Moreover, the city mayor is mandated to appropriate at least P500,000 per year for such purpose.
 
If the budget is consumed before the end of the year, it is to be replenished through a supplemental budget. 
 
Estabillo’s ordinance effectively repealed City Ordinance Bo. 138, s-2004. 
 
She thanked her colleagues in the legislative body for the support they made in the passage  of the ordinance, as well as the support of Mayor Allan Rellon.  (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)
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