Mountain Province honors 3 centenarians

BONTOC, Mountain Province, June 19 (PIA) --Three individuals who reached the age 100 years old this year were recently honored by the provincial government as Provincial Centenarians.


They  are Isabel Pawilen Aquin of Besao East but  presently staying with one of her children in Dagupan, Pangasinan; Francisca Diwas De Castro of Cagubatan,Tadian,  and Venancio Tamtam Carpio of Palitud, Paracelis.

Giving recognition to centenarians in the province is provided for under Provincial Ordinance No. 192 also known as the Centenarian Recognition and Awards Ordinance of Mountain Province.

Each qualified centenarian is  awarded  a plaque of recognition, a congratulatory resolution, and a one time cash award of P20,000.00.

The centenarian is also entitled to a regular monthly visit by government health personnel from the rural health units in his residence for health check-up, and monitoring by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office.

Qualified under this program are centenarians who are  permanent residents of the province for at least ten years prior to the date of award or recognition and who are certified to be of good moral character by the Punong Barangay; and must be personally present to receive the award or recognition unless physically incapable.

A birth certificate is necessary to validate the age of the nominee for the award. In the absence of a birth certificate, school records, or baptismal certificates or other documents ascertaining the date of birth may be submitted to the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office.

Implementation of this program started in 2015 where three centenarians were given recognition by the provincial government, while14 others were awarded in 2016 and 2017.

This provincial initiative complements Republic Act 10868 or the Centenarians Act of 2016 where Filipinos who have reached the age of 100 shall receive a cash award of P100, 000 a “centenarian gift” from the national government thru the Department of Social Welfare and Development and letter of felicitation signed by the President of the Philippines. Juliet B. Saley (JDP/JBS-PIA CAR, Mt. Province)


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Mt. Province Destinations

Alab Petroglyph

The Alab Petroglyph is a huge rock formation that was inscribed with bows and arrows and is believed to have contained the ancient fertility rites of natives.

Backstrap and Loom weaving Houses ( Samoki Weaving)

This is where one can see an actual weaving by the locals. Tourists can come to this place for a photo-op and a chance to try their hand at weaving. Souvenirs can also be bought at these houses.

Bay-yo Rice Terraces

Bay-yo Rice Terraces are a smallet type of terraces that is spectacular to look at for tourists.

Bomod-ok Falls

Cascading white water and with a forceful might sending sprays of water that even on a hot day gives you an idea of just how freezingly-cold the pool at the bottom of the falls is truly a majestic sight to behold.

Bontoc Village Museum

It features a range of artifacts crafted by the Igorots for domestic purposes, to be used for traditional celebrations or practices. Inside the museum, one could appreciate the distinct richness of the Igorot's way of life.

Mt. Amuyao

The 8th highest peak in the Philippines with an elevation of 2,702 meters above sea level. Its summit provides its climbers a breathtaking panoram of Mountain Province, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao and Cagayan Valley.

Mt. Clitoris (Tadian)

This is a sacred mountain regardless of its name. Standing proudly and serenely over 3 villages, this conical-shaped land mass is said to be home to some enchanted eels.

Mountain Province Trade Center

A mini-shopping center managed by the Department of Trade and Industry where skillfully crafted indigenous products are sold.

Sagada Hanging Coffins

Having their coffins hangng at the limestone sliffs is an imrtant tribal custom that thee locals have complied with through hundred of years.

Sumaguuing Caves

Two hundred fifty or so steps down a slipery trail, one can reach the Sumaguing Cave. This is one of the Philippines famous spelunking sites, it is a spectacular place to go to for the adventorous soul.