DSWD 80 Years Old Benefits & How to Apply

Apart from their monthly stipend or social pension, senior citizens aged 80 up to 95 years old are now eligible for an additional one-time milestone cash incentive based on the newly signed amendment of the Centenarian Act of 2016 (Republic Act 10868) known as the Republic Act 11982 or the Act Granting Benefits to Filipino Octogenarians and Nonagenarians. This law mandates the provision of a one-time cash gift to Filipino citizens who are octogenarians (80-89 years old) and nonagenarians (90 years old and above).

The implementation of RA 11982 is expected to have a positive impact on the quality of life of octogenarians and nonagenarians by providing them with additional financial resources and recognition. Thus, cash gifts can help address their immediate needs, improve access to healthcare services, and enhance their overall well-being during their later years.

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Eligibility Criteria

To qualify and receive the benefits intended for senior citizens provided under Republic Act 11982, known as the Act Granting Benefits to Filipino Octogenarians and Nonagenarians, typically include the following:

  1. Age Requirement

Individuals must be Filipino citizens who have reached the age of 80 years old to qualify as octogenarians or 90 years old to qualify as nonagenarians. Proof of age, such as a birth certificate or valid identification, may be required to verify eligibility.

  1. Citizenship

Eligible individuals must be citizens of the Philippines. This requirement ensures that the benefits provided by the law are specifically intended for Filipino octogenarians and nonagenarians.

  1. Residency Status

Filipino senior citizens residing in the Philippines or outside the country (dual citizens) are entitled to receive the benefits intended under this law as long as they reach the age of 80, 85, 90, and 95.

  1. Compliance with Implementing Guidelines

Eligible individuals must comply with the implementing guidelines and procedures set forth by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) or other relevant government agencies.

This may include submitting required documentation, completing application forms, and adhering to any additional eligibility criteria established by the government.

Benefits Offered

Qualified senior citizens are expected to receive a cash gift amounting to Php 10,000 for every milestone they reach, starting at 80, 85, 90, and 95 years old. However, when they reach the age of 100 years old, they are entitled to receive a Php 100,000 cash gift. This cash amount is intended to provide additional financial support and recognition for the significant milestones reached by qualified senior citizens. It acknowledges their longevity and contributions to society by granting them a tangible reward for reaching certain ages.

Reaching ages such as 80, 85, 90, 95, and 100 is a significant achievement for anyone, and it deserves celebration. The cash gift serves as a symbolic gesture of recognition and celebration for reaching these milestones. Hence, by providing financial support, the cash gift aims to improve the quality of life for senior citizens. It helps ensure that they can enjoy their later years with dignity and comfort, without worrying excessively about financial constraints.

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Application Process

The application procedure for receiving the said cash gift or incentive is not yet established or finalized. Hence, be wary of the fake news or clickbait online. Disbursement of funds is expected to be made in 2025.

Only read the latest updates from reliable sources such as the news outlets and the official Facebook pages of DSWD.

However, Centenarians (senior citizens aged 100 years old) may claim their cash gift of Php 100,000. The following are the necessary procedures they must complete first:

Step 1: Identification Phase

Centenarians must undergo an identification phase to verify their eligibility for the cash gift. Beneficiaries or recipients will be identified through their records in the OSCA (Office of Senior Citizens Affairs). Meanwhile, senior citizens residing outside the country will be identified through their records from the CFO (Commission of Filipino Overseas).

Step 2: Verification Phase

After the identification phase, the relevant government agency, such as the DSWD, will verify the authenticity of the documents provided and confirm the eligibility of the Centenarians to receive the cash gift. This may involve verification of official identification documents, such as a birth certificate or government-issued ID, to prove their age.

Step 3: Notification of Beneficiaries

Once the verification process is complete, eligible Centenarians will be notified of their status as beneficiaries of the cash gift. This notification may be sent through official channels, such as mail or in-person visits by government representatives.

Important Reminders

  • The amendment seeks to provide incentives to senior citizens upon reaching significant milestone ages of 80, 85, 90, and 95.
  • Individuals aged 81, 82, 83, 84, 91, 92, 93, and 94 are not included under the provisions of this act.
  • The rewards and incentives are available to Filipino citizens by birth or through dual citizenship, whether they reside in the Philippines or abroad.
  • Individuals who were previously Filipino citizens but have since acquired citizenship in another country, or those who have been naturalized as citizens of another country, are ineligible to receive the benefits.
  • As of today, the full implementation of the law has not yet been implemented, and there is an expectation that it will be made by the year 2025.
  • Avoid falling for fake news or scams and follow the guidance provided by reliable sources to ensure a smooth and legitimate process for receiving the benefits they are entitled to.
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Video: Expanded Centenarians Act o P10,000 Cash Gift sa mga nasa Edad 80, 85, 90 at 95


This is a news update on the newly signed Expanded Centenarian Act or RA 11982 (Act Granting Benefits to Filipino Octogenarians and Nonagenarians). Here, ASEC. Romel Lopez discusses in the interview the role of the DSWD in the implementation of this Act. Likewise, he affirms that DSWD is ready to implement this Act when the IRR from NCSC is provided and funds are ready for disbursement. As he said, the system or mechanism for distribution may also be similar to the centenarian program hence, DSWD is capable of doing so. You may also watch the video to learn more about this Act as he continues to answer some of the questions here you may find helpful.