Over 7,000 senior citizens of Baguio avail of benefits
There are 7,419 senior citizens enjoying their retirement in Baguio City.
This is based on the records of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) on the number of identification cards issued to senior citizens for 2022.
CSWDO Gender and Equality Focal Person Myrna Valencerina said 50.14 percent of the total senior citizen population in the city are female while 49.85 percent are male.
Of the total, at least half or 4,161 are new holders of senior citizen ID; 473 transferred to Baguio from other places; while 2,785 are replacements.
Only 4,097 of the total senior citizen ID holders are social pension beneficiaries and most of them are residents of Barangay Irisan, 652. Other barangays in the top five of elderly with social pension reside in Asin Road with 250, San Luis with 166, Pinget with 151, and Fairview with 148.
The city government released a total of P1,230,000 cash incentives awarded to 123 nonagenarians (90 to 99 years old) last year while 93 females and 30 males received P10,000 each.
For the cash incentive to centenarians (100 years old and above), nine female centenarians received P100,000 each while two centenarians – a male and female – received P5,000 each for making it through another year pursuant to Ordinance 84, s. 2019.
Valencerina said the city government and concerned offices are fast-tracking the printing of movie pass booklets to implement the upgraded five-day theater admission privilege for senior citizens and persons with disability in the city.
The booklets will have to be obtained from the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs at the Senior Citizens Center at Salud Mitra barangay for senior citizens and at the Persons with Disability Affairs Office at the City Mayor’s Office for PWDs.
Aside from movie pass, seniors and PWDs who are residents of Baguio are afforded 20 percent discount in parking fees provided that the senior citizen or the PWD is driving the vehicle based on Ordinance 149, s. 2020 which amended Ordinance 8, s. 2013. – Jessa Mardy P. Samidan