SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, ANTIQUE, – Last May 22, in recognition for their longevity 22 centenarians received their certificate and cash incentives from the national government through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office at the Antique Provincial Capitol.

Governor Rhodora J. Cadiao together with Vice Governor Edgar D. Denosta, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Ferndando C. Corvera, Rebecca D. Geamala, OIC – Regional Director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Region VI and Mr. Lazaro G. Petinglay, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer gave the awards and incentives to the people of Antique whose age have reached a century and above.

Gov. Cadiao informed that from the total centenarians 2 are from Belison namely Emilia E. Delos Santos, 101 years old and Sotero J. Quanico, 100 years old; (2) – Bugasong, Blas T. Benigno, 100 years old and Blas D. Perigrino, 103 years old; (1) – Hamtic, Maria N. Noblezada, 100 years old; (2) – Pandan, Dioscoro F. Tua, 101 years old and Alfonso S. Varon, 101 years old; (4) – Patnongon, Segundina R. Asmod, 100 years old, Consuleo H. Orcia, 100 years old, Nicolasa E. Rosello, 101 years old and Antonina Vicente, 102 years old; (1) – San Jose, Rosario P. Brodit, 104 years old; (2) – San Remegio, Basilia D. Ignacio, 104 and Sabas O. Laureano, 106 years old; (1) – Sebaste, Beatriz M. Quillo, 100 years old; (4) – Sibalom, Consorcia M. Bandiola, 105 years old, Maria T. Magbanua, 100 years old, Agapito S. Umalde, 104 years old and Lucibar N. Vicente, 106 years old; (1) – Tibiao, Martha D. Natividad, 102 years old; (1) – Tobias Fornier , Esteban O. Mediore, 107 years old and 1 from Valderrama named Lureta Udani, 101 years old.

According to Gov. Cadiao all senior citizens whose ages are from 85 years old and above were given a 1 year honorarium and this is the first in the province of Antique. A budget of P 3,000,000 from the Provincial Government was also allotted to the “Point of Care Program” in which all Antiqueños can avail the benefits from Philhealth. 

“In case of illness the people will be able to avail the benefits given by Philhealth and will automatically become a member through the program. As of now the Angel Salazar Memorial General Hospital is the only accredited hospital under the program while other health institutions are yet to be accredited” said Cadiao.

DSWD Regional Director Geamala stated that a P 36 million budget were allotted for the 360 centenarians in Region 6 out of the total 2,992 centenarians in the Philippines recorded last 2016. “The region has the most number of centenarians in the whole country” Geamala said.

Geamala added that there were a total of 27 centenarians identified in Antique but only 22 were able to comply and submit their requirements to avail the said grants.

As Indicated in Republic Act No. 10868, otherwise known as the “Centenarians Act of 2016” grants benefits and privileges to Filipino centenarians that reside here in the Philippines and abroad. A letter of Felicitation from President Rodrigo R. Duterte and a monetary gift of P 100,000 shall be given to the living centenarian.

Centenarians who died upon the implementation of RA 10868 which was approved last September 26, 2016 can still avail of the benefits and privileges. A Posthumous Plaque of Recognition shall also be awarded to all deceased centenarians to be received by their nearest surviving relatives.

For Filipino centenarians to avail the grants, they are required to submit their birth certificate or a valid Philippine Passport identification card. As proof of eligibility any one of the identification cards may also be accepted: Senior Citizens ID, Driver’s license, social security cards like SSS and GSIS, PRC license, Philippine Postal ID and COMELEC voter’s ID showing Filipino citizenship and year of birth. -RMTrain