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Mountain Province officials honors 2 more centenarians
by Erwin S. Batnag

STRONG GRANDMAS -- Centenarians Lourdes A. Bulaec of Gonogon, Bontoc and Irene Agamas Poking of Cagubatan, Tadian, both in Mountain Province were accompanied by their relatives to receive checks amounting to P30,000 each, a congratulatory resolution and a plaque of recognition from Acting Gov. Bonifacio C. Lacwasan, Jr. as part of the province’s incentive for centenarians. -- Erwin Batnag

BONTOC, Mountain Province – The provincial government awarded cash and gifts to two centenarians on June 3.

Lourdes A. Bulaec of Gonogon, Bontoc and Irene Agamas Poking of Cagubatan, Tadian who both reached 100 years old last year received a check amounting to P30,000 each, a congratulatory resolution, and a plaque from Acting Gov. Bonifacio C. Lacwasan, Jr. for qualifying as provincial centenarians.

Lacwasan delivered the gifts during his visit to the centenarians’ respective barangays.

Bulaec is blessed with six children, 19 grandchildren, and more than 40 great grandchildren. She is being taken care of by her first-born, 80-year-old Juanita.

Poking has five children, 23 grandchildren, and 26 great grandchildren. At 100, she is still witty and has a sharp memory.

She prefers to live alone in her house where her children and grandchildren visit her to attend to her needs.

The recognition of centenarians in the province is pursuant to Ordinance 192 or the Centenarian Recognition and Awards Ordinance of Mountain Province.

Lacwasan said the provincial government recognizes and confers certain privileges to qualified constituents who reached 100 years or more.

Aside from the cash gift, the centenarians are entitled to a regular monthly check-up in their respective Rural Health Unit and are monitored by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO).

“The well-being of our senior citizens, especially our centenarians has been a priority of this administration. Last year, we have closely worked with our finance people and as a result, the cash gift was raised from P20,000 to P30,000,” Lacwasan said.

Lacwasan also said that the PSWDO and the respective Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office will submit the requirements to the national government for provincial centenarians to qualify under the Centenarian Act, which gives P100,000 to beneficiaries, among other benefits.

The PSWDO reported that as of June, five centenarians were duly recognized and honored by the provincial government after passing and fulfilling the requirements.

The other provincial centenarians who were previously recognized in the past months are Fonnong Galawe Chummanao of Butac, Natonin; Esther Kilangan Chapyosen of Maligcong, Bontoc; and Andres Wanason of Butigue, Paracelis.

Since its implementation in 2015, the provincial government has already recognized 33 centenarians.


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