By Benjamin Cuaresma

PASAY CITY — Celebrations filled the air as centenarian Caridad Lagadia Reyes and her family joyfully accepted a financial grant amounting to P100,000 from the city government of this local government unit.

The grant was personally presented by Pasay City Mayor Imelda “Emi” Calixto in a heartwarming ceremony held at Reyes’ residence in Brgy. 48, Tramo, Pasay City, on Thursday, August 3, 2023.

The Centenarian Act, also known as Republic Act, stands as a cornerstone initiative within the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) programs.

This Act recognizes and bestows supplementary benefits and privileges upon Filipino centenarians — those remarkable individuals who have reached or surpassed the remarkable age of 100 years.

Managed by DSWD’s Central Office and its various field units, this program operates in collaboration with Local Government Units (LGUs) throughout the nation.

Beyond the substantial P100,000 cash grant and a personally-signed Letter of Felicitation from the President, the surviving relatives of deceased centenarians will also be honored with a posthumous plaque of recognition.

This plaque, a testament to the centenarian’s enduring legacy, will be bestowed upon the living family members as a token of the nation’s profound respect and appreciation. (ai/mnm)