DavNor town provides P5K death assistance to indigent senior

The municipal government of Santo Tomas, Davao del Norte distributed death assistance benefits for the indigent senior citizens in the said town on Thursday.

In a statement, the Municipal Information Office said that Mayor Ernesto Evangelista personally handover the P5,000 death assistance to the surviving heirs per beneficiary.

“The assistance is a big help to our senior citizens. We implemented this program in partnership with the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA),” Evangelista said in a statement.

The families received the said assistance through the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO).

Meanwhile, Leilani Mae A. Rafol, RSW, the OIC of the MSWDO aid the ordinance provides the guidelines for the implementation of assistance as the Santo Tomas LGU granted a maximum of P5,000 per beneficiary to defray funeral or burial expenses.

The ordinance authored by Councilor Dario Romano states death benefits shall be given to the surviving heirs per beneficiary as the Santo Tomas LGU’s assistance to the bereaved family of the deceased.

Republic Act (RA) No. 9994, otherwise known as the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010, provides that senior citizens shall be entitled to death benefit assistance of a minimum of P2,000 which will be given to the nearest surviving relative of a deceased senior citizen which amount shall be subject to adjustment due to inflation in accordance with the guidelines to be issued by the DSWD.