THE Duterte administration is set to sign Monday the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the law, honoring and providing incentives for the Filipino centenarians, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said.
The signing of the IRR of Republic Act (RA) 10868 or the Centenarians Act of 2016 will take place days before the observance of the annual Elderly Filipino Week on October 1-7, wherein the first Sunday of October is also declared as the National Respect for Centenarians Day.
During the Centenarians Day, all Filipinos who have turned centenarian in the current fiscal year shall be awarded a plaque of recognition and a cash incentive by their respective city or municipal governments in appropriate ceremonies in addition to the Letter of Felicitation and centenarian gift.
Aside from DSWD, other agencies involved in the implementation of the law’s provisions are Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Health (DOH), and Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO).
“The passage of this Act is a tribute to Filipino centenarians who have spent their lifetime in contributing to nation building,” Taguiwalo said.
“Ang mga nakatatanda ay nararapat na ating paglaanan ng respeto at tunay na malasakit (Older persons deserve our respect and true concern),” she added.
RA 10868 states that all Filipinos, who have reached 100 years old and above, whether residing in the Philippines or abroad shall be honored with a Letter of Felicitation from the President of the Philippines congratulating the celebrant for his or her longevity; and a Centenarian gift in the amount of P100,000. (SDR/Sunnex)