LIGAO CITY, July 14 -- The city government of Ligao gave PHP20,000 each to two centenarians as a way of honoring the senior citizens.
Ligao City Mayor Patria “Patty” Gonzalez-Alsua said on Friday that the cash incentive is their way of showing respect and recognition to the centenarians.
Alsua, with the city councilors, personally visited the home of Prescilla C. Sadia of Barangay Layon, Ligao City where she handed the cash incentive.
"As senior citizens have served an integral role in the society, the city government of Ligao, through the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), awarded the PHP20,000 to Sadia," she said.
She said that the cash is part of the incentives given by the city government to senior citizens reaching the age of 100 to celebrate their achievement for living three decades past their life expectancy.
“This is to recognize the rights of every elder in the society and grant them assistance for their economic welfare,” Alsua added.
Another centenarian, Encarnacion Monasterial from Barangay Dunao here also received PHP20,000 cash incentive from the city government last April 25, 2017.
“Indeed, this is one great way to encourage every Ligaoeño to lead a long, healthy and disciplined life,” Alsua said.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Bicol said that the region recorded 171 centenarians.
Of the six provinces of Bicol, Albay posts the highest number of centenarians with 39, followed by Camarines Sur, 36; Sorsogon, 22; Camarines Norte, 20; and Masbate and Catanduanes, 9 apiece.
Centenarians are entitled to PHP100,000-cash gift each from the government as provided under Republic Act 10868 or the Centenarian Act of 2016.
DSWD said 59 centenarians in Bicol had already received the cash gift from the government.
Jesseshan Marbella-Aycocho, DSWD regional information officer in Bicol, said the department is still processing the papers of at least 20 other centenarians.
The processing depends on the compliance of documents as proof of their age eligibility, she said. (Rhaydz B. Barcia/PNA)