Congressman Leo Rodriguez is among the proponents of House Bill No. 7535 and Senate Bill No. 2028, aiming to amend certain provisions of Republic Act No. 10868, known as the “Centenarians Act of 2016.” The proposal seeks to provide a cash incentive of P10,000 to senior citizens aged 80, 85, 90, and 95. If passed into law, it will be called the Centenarian Act. Currently, only those who reach 100 years old receive P100,000 as a cash incentive.

On December 6, 2023, the bicameral conference committee signed the proposal. According to Congressman Rodriguez, this initiative will significantly help senior citizens, bringing timely rewards without waiting for them to reach a hundred. He emphasized that in today’s era, reaching a hundred is no longer as common, so it’s fitting to expand the chances for seniors, especially considering that many are already on maintenance.

Congressman Leo Rodriguez signed the Bicameral Conference Report on December 6, 2023, regarding certain provisions of House Bill No. 7535 and Senate Bill No. 2028, both aiming to amend Republic Act No. 10868, more commonly known as the “Centenarians Act of 2016.” Congressman Rodriguez is one of the proponents advocating for an incentive or cash gift of P10,000.00 for senior citizens celebrating their birthdays at the ages of 80, 85, 90, and 95. They referred to it as an expanded coverage of the Centenarian Act, as the government currently provides a P100,000.00 cash gift exclusively to those who reach 100 years old. This proposal by Congressman Leo Rodriguez is on track to become law soon. (BP newsteam)