CITY OF SAN FERNANDO--Some 21 Kapampangan senior citizens from different towns who have reached the age of 95 or above on Monday received P100,000 each from Capitol as part of the provincial government's Senior Citizens Code which provides that any natural born senior citizens who are 95 years old or above and are still alive shall be granted P100,000 cash.
The code was implemented and took effect last year.
Governor Lilia Pineda led the distribution of checks at Benigno Hall, Capitol grounds here, together with Provincial Administrator Andres S. Pangilinan, Jr. and Provincial Social Welfare and Development (PSWD) Chief Lilibeth Baybayan.
Joined by their families, the elderlies who received checks were Encarnacio Tiglao, of barangay Poblacion, Mabalacat; Purificacion David; Sapang Biabas Mabalacat; Ester Tanjuakio, Sto Cristo, Guagua; Zosimo Valencia, San Matias, Sta. Rita; Rosalina Nacpil, San Antonio, Bacolor; Bienvenido Sapnu, Calibutbut Bacolor; Cayetana Tolentino, Dolores, Bacolor; Hilario Singian Sr., San Isidro, City of San Fernando, Bernardo Dizon, San Jose, Sta. Ana; Maria Rosita Gulapa, San Juan, Sta. Ana; Eulalia Pasion, San Nicolas, Sta. Ana; Demeteria Garcia, Virginia Capanas, Calantipe, Apalit; Catalina Marin, Tabuyuc, Apalit; Herinigildo Sunga, Sta. Maria, Macabebe and Rosenda Duenas of San Nicolas, Minalin.
The other five recipients who failed to appear personally due to health reasons were Belen Delfin, Cangatba, Porac; Consolascion Yalung, Cabetican, Bacolor; Guillermo Nunag, San Isidro, City of San Fernando, Victoria Galang, San Nicolas, Sta. Ana and Milagros Uyan of San Juan, Apalit.
Baybayan told the families of the elderlies that the program is the continuous support of the governor to them so they may look after their parents who are now in their old age.
"There are some who are only 60 years old but are already bedridden, that is because of poverty. Their families cannot look after their needs because they lack support. So we must cherish and love our elderlies so they can reach this age (95 and above) and to give back the love they gave us," Baybayan added.
As of present, the provincial government has awarded a total of P19.2 million benefiting 192 senior citizens.