By BOY RYAN ZABAL
KALIBO, Aklan — Senior citizens in this capital town who turned 100 years old this year will each receive a P25,000 cash gift from the municipal government.
Municipal Ordinance 2013–04 provides for the granting of benefits to centenarians here.
“Centenarians are role models and living links of society,” the ordinance stated. “Every individual pursuit of living at the age of 100 requires self-discipline and a stress-free lifestyle.”
Aside from the one-time cash incentive, the centenarians also stand to receive a plaque of recognition and a letter of felicitation.
On the other hand, centenarians who died after turning 100 will be given posthumous plaques of recognition through their immediate families.
Centenarian beneficiaries must be bona fide residents of this town for at least 10 years.
They must have reached 100 years old and above at the time of the awarding.
They must have a baptismal certificate, a certificate of live birth authenticated by the National Statistics Office or any document that may serve as legal basis for their age.
According to the ordinance, the cash incentive for centenarians shall be charged to the social services program/senior citizens fund.
The ordinance was authored by Sangguniang Bayan members Gregorio Malapad Jr. and Augusto Tolentino, and coauthored by Daisy Briones, Ariel Fernandez and Arnaldo Tejada Sr.
Kalibo has celebrated the Filipino Elderly Week on October 1–7.
The celebration had the theme “Nakakatanda: Pagtulungang Isulong Benepisyo’t Karapatan Tungo sa Maginhawa at Masayang Pamayanan.” (aklanforum.blogspot.com/PN)