BACOLOD City – The Sangguniang Panlungsod here passed on third and final reading the measure that would institute a “ladderized” scheme in the releasing of cash benefits to centenarians of this city.
City Councilor Archie Baribar, author of the proposed ordinance, said city residents who will reach the age of 80 to 89 shall receive an incentive of P10,000 under the new policy. While those who reach the age of 90 to 99 shall receive another P10,000.
City Councilor Cindy Rojas, who chairs the city council’s Committee on Appropriations and Finance, said this new policy will amend the existing City Ordinance No. 08-14-670.
“It be implemented by next year once signed by Mayor Evelio Leonardia,” Rojas added.
She also said the appropriation was already included in the city’s 2020 annual budget, adding that in order to fund the program, P5 million must be allocated in every annual city budget.
Earlier this year, Negros Occidental fifth district Rep. Marilou Arroyo filed a bill before the House of Representatives proposing a similar measure./PN