LAOAG CITY -— At least seven centenarians in Piddig town received a cash award of P100,000 each from the national government as a “centenarian gift” on Tuesday.
Held in a wheelchair, a 107-year-old male centenarian led six female centenarians at the Piddig Municipal Hall as town mayor Georgina Guillen handed them the gift checks. Social workers requested that their names be withheld for security.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed the implementing rules and regulations (IRR ) of Republic Act 10868 or the so-called Centenarians Act of 2016 on September 16, 2016, a few days before the observance of the annual Elderly Filipino Week.
In Ilocos Norte, Piddig town is among the first to implement the new law.
Under the law, all Filipinos who have reached the age of 100, whether residing in the country or abroad, shall receive a cash award of P100,000 from the national government. The fund will be taken from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Centenarians are also entitled to awards and incentives from their respective city or municipality to be determined by the local government unit.
Based on the IRR, the Department of Interior and Local Government issued a directive to local officials to implement the act within 60 days from the IRR’s effectivity. Leilanie Adriano/PNA-northboundasia.com