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Retirees and senior citizens want to know about their benefits
By Aurora Frolinda J. Casimpan
posted 20-Dec-2011  ·  

As an organization duly recognized by both the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Eastern Visayas and the Securities and Exchange Commission by virtue of a certification and organization recognition the Leyte Del Sur Retirees and Senior Citizens Association, Inc., took it upon themselves to gain information and knowledge on the guidelines and mandates of the laws surrounding the benefits due the group.

The said group asked clarification from the regional office of the Department of the Interior and Local Government relative to the one percent taken from the IRA of a local government unit (LGU) due a retirees or senior citizens group.

Dr. Pedro A. Noval Jr. DILG regional director clarified that the process/requirement needs to be fulfilled before an LGU can release the one percent of its IRA to a retirees group.

The requirements include the submission of a work and financial plan corroborated by the DSWD to an LGU. The financial plan should expressly delineate the expenses of the activities of the group.

In a similar move, the DSWD explained the Revised Omnibus Rules on Public Solicitation on the question whether the group has the legal personality to do solicitations.

Onida duly explained that said admin order was issued to regulate the solicitation activities conducted by persons, corporations, organizations, or associations within the Philippines.

She also said that the issuance of the order is to ensure that solicitation goes to the intended and not used for other purposes. DSWD issues the permit and the format to be complied by a soliciting group. The agency determines the validity of a soliciting group and the requirements to be followed by the act.

Fe A. Yepes, a retired school principal is the president of the organization. She says the group will continue in its aim to advocate that the benefits due them will be given to them. (PIA-8)

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