On January 21, 2020, Gov. Bonifacio C. Lacwasan visited the centenarians Avelina O. Placido and Petra G. Segat in their respective barangay to personally award plaque of recognition, a congratulatory resolution and check for P30,000.00.
Placido, a resident of Gayang in Sabangan was born on May 27, 1919 and while Segat of Lubon, Tadian was born on September 12, 1919 .
Giving recognition to centenarians in the province is provided under the Provincial Ordinance No. 192, also known as the Centenarian Recognition and Awards Ordinance of Mountain Province which was implemented in 2015.
It is provided in this ordinance that in recognition of the valuable contributions of each qualified provincial centenarian, he/she shall be entitled to a plaque of recognition and congratulatory resolution from the provincial government in the province; and cash award of P20,000.00 which shall be one time only; regular monthly visit by government health personnel for check-up and monitoring by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office.
The primary required document to prove the age of the centenarian-awardee is her/his birth certificate.
In the absence of a birth certificate, any other document such as baptismal certificate, school or employment records, which could establish the date of birth of the awardee.
Since its implementation until the third quarter of 2018, the provincial government had been providing monetary prize of P20,000.00.
On July 31, 2018, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan enacted Provincial Ordinance No. 315, s. 2018 amending POr No. 192 which increased the provincial incentive to centenarian awardee to P30,000.00 . This was implemented last quarter of CY 2018.
Based on the data of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office here, there are already 39 centenarians (24 female and 15 male) in the province recognized by the provincial government. Ten of these already died.
The municipality of Paracelis has the highest number with nine recognized centenarian, followed by the municipalities of Sabangan and Tadian with six each, Bauko with five, Besao and Bontoc have four each, Natonin has 3 and Sadanga with 2.
In support to the centenarians, the national government also awards a centenarian gift of P100,000.00 each and a Letter of Felicitation from the President of the Philippines.
Record of the PSWDO here also showed that of the 39 centenarians, 21 have already received the centenarian gift of P100,000.00 each from the national government and also Letter of Felicitation from the President of the Philippines.
Genoveva Yodong of the PSWDO here siad there are still six centenarian -applicants in the province whose documents are being processed.(JDP/JBS-PIA CAR, Mt. Province)
By Juliet B. Saley