Nine centenarians get cash incentives


FIVE Bacoleño centenarians and relatives of four others pose with city officials led by Mayor Evelio Leonardia after receiving their cash incentives of P100,000 each at the Bacolod City Government Center on May 24, 2017. The faces of the centenarians were digitally altered for security reason. (PIO photo)

BACOLOD City – Nine Bacoleño centenarians each received P100,000 cash incentives at the Bacolod City Government Center, May 24, 2017.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) distributed the cash incentives through the City Department of Social Services and Development (DSSD).

Of the nine centenarians, only five personally received their incentives, according to the Bacolod City Public Information Office (PIO).

One beneficiary died after the law took effect, and the three others were represented by their kin.

Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia honored the centenarians and thanked their relatives for taking good care of their old family members.

“This is really a special occasion…. We would like to congratulate these centenarians and their family for taking good care of them,” he said.

The giving of cash incentives is mandated by Republic Act No. 10868 (Centenarians Act of 2016.)

Under the law, centenarians will P100,000 as “centenarian gift” among other incentives.

They will also receive recognition from the government for reaching 100 years, whether they are residing in the country or abroad.

Councilor Em Ang, chair of the Sangguniang Panlungsod committee on social services and development, said that aside from cash incentives, the centenarians will also receive a letter of felicitation signed by President Rodrigo Duterte and a posthumous plaque of recognition for the deceased.

Bacoleño centenarians are also entitled to another P100,000 cash incentives from the city government by virtue of City Ordinance No. 09-16-789, why was authored by Councilor Caesar Distrito and passed in October 2016.

CO 09-16-789 series of 2016 amended CO 08-14-670 series of 2014 by increasing the cash incentive of centenarians from P10,000 to P100,000.

Distrito said they are already processing the balance of P90,000 for those who have already received their P10,000, as well as those who have yet to receive their P100,000.

Aside from Leonardia, Ang, and Distrito, also gracing the event were DSWD-Region 6 Protective Services head Rose San Agustin, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, and Councilor Bartolome Orola.

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