I. Program Overview

RA 10868 Otherwise known as “CENTENARIAN ACT OF 2016” is an act honoring and granting additional benefits and privileges to Filipino centenarians and for other purposes. The eligible beneficiary shall receive a centenarian cash gift amounting to ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND PESOS (₱100,000.00) from the national government through the DSWD Centenarian Program. Letter of Felicitation signed by the President of the Philippines will be given to the living centenarian while a Posthumous Plaque of Recognition shall be awarded to the deceased centenarian by the DSWD to be received by the centenarian’s nearest surviving relative.

A centenarian shall also receive Plaque of Recognition and Cash Incentive form the city or municipality where he or she resides. The Department of the Interior and Local Government had issued directives and guidelines to city and municipalities to provide additional awards and incentive to the centenarian and to ensure implementation of this act.

II. Projects/Services/Activities/Modalities

National Respect for Centenarians Day is being celebrated every 1st SUNDAY of October as part of the annual Elderly Filipino Week (EFW). It is observed as a national event to honor our centenarians for their longevity.

            Centenarian Cash Gift is given thru cash payout or issuance of check to the eligible centenarian.

III. Target Beneficiaries

Centenarians – all Filipinos, who have reached one hundred years old and above.

IV. Eligibility Requirements

All Filipinos, who have reached one hundred years old and above, whether residing in the Philippines or abroad.

V. Documentary Requirements

The following documents can be submitted to the city or municipality to be endorsed to DSWD field office:

  1. Birth Certificate or
  2. Philippine Passport

In the absence of the two documents, any of the following primary IDs:

  1. Senior Citizen’s Identification Card or Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) ID
  2. Other Philippine-government issued IDs:
    • LTO-issued Driver’s License
    • SSS ID
    • GSIS ID
    • PRC License
    • Postal ID
    • Voter’s ID or COMELEC certification
    • Others – showing Filipino citizenship and year of birth

In the absence of the above-mentioned primary IDs, any two of the following secondary documents may also be accepted:

  1. Marriage Certificate
  2. Birth Certificate of Children
  3. Affidavit of al least two Disinterested persons
  4. Old School or Employment Records
  5. Baptismal or Confirmation Certificate

For Filipinos residing abroad, they may provide valid IDs duly recognized by the country of their residence as verified by Philippine embassy. Documents will be submitted to the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) in cooperation with Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

VI. Contact Person/s

Social Welfare Officer V / Chief, Statutory Programs Division
(072) 687- 8000 (219)

Project Development Officer II / Centenarian Program
(072) 687 – 8000 local 245

VII. Legal Bases

RA 10868 – https://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/2016/06/23/republic-act-no-10868/
MC 04 s. 2017 – https://www.dswd.gov.ph/issuances/MCs/MC_2017-004.pdf
MC 11 s. 2017 – https://www.dswd.gov.ph/issuances/MCs/MC_2017-011.pdf
MC 06 S. 2018 – https://www.dswd.gov.ph/issuances/MCs/MC_2018-006.pdf
CFO – https://cfo.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/pdf/2017/Guidelines-on-the-Availment-of-Awards-and-Incentives-for-Overseas-Filipino-Centenarians.pdf
DILG – https://www.dilg.gov.ph/PDF_File/issuances/memo_circulars/dilg-memocircular-2016113_da4411ee67.pdf