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101-year-old Paco resident receives visit, benefits from Mayor Honey

Socorro Bello
Mayor Honey Lacuna with the 101-year-old centenarian from Paco, whom she personally visited on Thursday evening to personally hand over the P100,000 check, recognition certificate and birthday cake. (JERRY S. TAN)

Mayor Honey Lacuna personally paid an evening visit to a woman resident of Manila who turned 101 in May to hand over the benefits being given by the local government for centenarians.

Accompanied by barangay chair Evelyn de Guzman, the lady mayor congratulated Socorro Bello of Paco for having celebrated her 101st birthday just last month.

Lacuna handed over a certificate of recognition apart from the P100,000 check which the mayor placed inside a big envelope.

The mayor also gave the said centenarian a birthday cake, the kind of which is given to every senior citizen residing in Manila, particularly on their birthdays.

Lacuna said she was so happy to see Bello jolly and very responsive, as she (Bello) repeatedly thanked the lady mayor for her personal visit and gifts.

The mayor said that her personal visit to the centenarians is her little way of showing gratitude to and honoring the city’s elderly citizens who have spent their most productive years contributing to the progress of the city.

Lacuna said the centenarians must be given recognition if only because they surely led a healthy life thus enabling them to reach 100.

Meanwhile, she appealed to the family members of senior citizens to take real good care of their elderly, saying this good deed, once seen by the young, will serve as a good example worthy of emulation.

Centenarians in Manila receive a one-time P100,000 incentive pursuant to Republic Act (RA) 10868 or the Centenarians Act of 2016 as a way of tribute for what they have contributed to society and nation-building.

Under the law, any Filipino who reaches 100 years old taon, whether he is in the country or abroad, will be recognized by means of a Letter of Felicitation.

In order to avail of said benefits, the centenarians’ family members or relatives will have to submit primary documents such as birth certificate or Philippine passport among others, to the Office for Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) of their local government unit as required by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

In the absence of such documents, even just a single of any of the primary Identification Cards may be presented, such as that which is issued by OSCA, Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Social Security System (SSS), driver’s license or Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) license. The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Voter’s ID is also being accepted.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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