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25 centenarians in Cordillera to be honored

Monday, June 19, 2017

TWENTY-FIVE centenarians in Cordillera is set to receive P100,000 from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Janet Armas, DSWD regional director, said awarding ceremonies for qualified centenarians will be held in July.

Mountain Province has the highest number of centenarian with nine while Abra, Apayao, and Kalinga has four each while Baguio City and Ifugao has one.

The DSWD official said there are still two applications which need verification.

There were 79 names submitted in 2016, which went through a validation process and document review by the DSWD.

Armas said the common problem of lack of birth certificates for the applicants was supplemented with birth certificates of children as well as affidavits from the community to which the centenarians belong.

Armas added the first batch of 25 centenarians will be honored and accorded incentives in the scheduled July celebration with the remaining applicants to be awarded later in the year.

Some 103 centenarians in the Cordillera applied to the agency in 2016.

The granting of cash incentives is specified in the Centenarian Act, which states all Filipinos, who reach the age of 100 whether residing in the Philippines or abroad shall be honored for his or her longevity and given the cash incentive.

The awardees should also receive incentives from their local government units depending on how much the area can award. (Maria Elena Catajan)

Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on June 20, 2017.

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