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Manila Centenarians get cash, recognition, cake and personal visit from Mayor Honey

Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna and Centenarians
Mayor Honey Lacuna personally visits centenarians in the city of Manila. (JERRY S. TAN)

SENIOR citizens in the city of Manila who live to be 100 years old do not only get a huge cash incentive as mandated by law. They also get a personal visit from the first lady mayor Manila has ever had.

So far, Mayor Honey Lacuna had been personally delivering to the city’s centenarians their cheques worth P100,000 and celebrate the occasion with them.

Apart from the check, Lacuna also hands over to the centenarians a certificate of recognition and they also get a birthday cake.

The first centenarian to have been visited by Lacuna was Elena Pineda de Vibar of Sampaloc, Manila who turned 100 years old last July 5. Next was Asuncion Alix of Sta. Cruz, who celebrated her 100th birthday just this Wednesday, August 24.

Lacuna said the personal visit she pays the city’s centenarians is her simple gesture of appreciation and gratitude to the elderly population who have spent their most productive years contributing to the progress of the city.

She also called on the families of the city’s senior citizens to take good care of their elderly, saying they, too, will get old someday and should set a good example to the younger generation to care for the elder members of their family.

The centenarians receive P100,000 incentive each as mandated by Republic Act (RA) 10868 or the Centenarians Act of 2016 in honor of their contributions to nation building.

Under the law, aside from the centenarian incentive, Filipinos who have reached 100 years old and above, whether residing in the country or abroad, shall be honored with a Letter of Felicitation from the President of the Philippines congratulating them for their longevity.

In order to avail of the benefits under the law, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) requires relatives of the centenarians to submit primary documents such as birth certificate and Philippine passport to the city or municipal social welfare office and the Office for Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) in their respective localities.

If the two documents are not available, any one of the primary Identification Cards issued by OSCA, Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), and Social Security System (SSS); driver’s license; Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) license; and Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Voter’s ID, is also accepted.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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