By Glen S. Ramos and Benjamin F. Cuaresma
SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – Two elderly citizens here have received recognition and P100,000 pesos each from the city government after they turned 100 years old recently.
Mayor Hermenegildo A. Gualberto personally handed Belen Ayson and Petra Pulido their cash gift and felicitation letter from the city government.
Ayson and Pulido celebrated their 100th birthday on January 23 and February 12 of this year, respectively. The city government wasn’t able to present them their cash gifts earlier because of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Mayor was accompanied by representatives from the Office of the Senior Citizens Affair (OSCA) and City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) and barangay officials.
Health protocols were strictly observed during the Mayor’s visit to ensure the safety of both centenarians and their families.
“Dito sa People’s City of San Fernando, pinapahalagahan natin ang kontribusyon ng mga nakatatanda sa pagtayo ng ating bayan, especially their wisdom and hard-earned years of experience,” Gualberto said.
“Ngayon naman na sila ang nangangailangan ng ating proteksyon at kalinga, sisiguraduhin natin na ni isa sa kanila, walang maiiwan at walang mapapabayaan,” he added.
Republic Act 10868 or the Centenarians Act of 2016 grants all Filipinos who reach the age of 100, whether residing in the country or abroad, a cash award of Php 100,000 as a “centenarian gift.”
The validation for centenarians is conducted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the verification of documents including birth certificate or Philippine passport, senior citizen identification card or any other Philippine government-issued ID that can prove the person’s age and citizenship,
Other alternative and acceptable documents to prove the claim include marriage certificate, old school documents, baptismal or confirmation records, birth certificate of children, or an affidavit executed by at least two (2) disinterested persons at least 80 years old with personal knowledge of the centenarian’s actual age or birth date. (AI/MTVN)