The Senate has unanimously passed a measure expanding the Centenarians Act of 2016. Senator Ramon Bong Revilla Jr. announced this development on Sunday, October 1, expressing his gratitude to his colleagues for their support of the bill that has been his top priority.
“I’m extremely happy and grateful [to my colleagues] for supporting my topmost priority bill,” Revilla said.
Under the newly approved Senate Bill No. 2028, elderly individuals in the Philippines will now receive cash gifts from the government at an earlier age.
Those reaching the age of 80 will be entitled to a cash gift of P10,000, and those who celebrate their 90th birthday will receive P20,000. These additional financial incentives come in addition to the existing P100,000 birthday bonus already granted to centenarians as mandated by Republic Act No. 10868.
Senator Revilla emphasized that this expansion of the Centenarians Act aims to provide financial support and recognition to elderly Filipinos at an earlier stage in their lives.
Once this bill becomes law, elderly citizens will enjoy these additional benefits without the need to reach the age of 100.