CITY OF MALOLOS – In one with the nation in honoring the senior citizens in the country, 80 Bulakenyo centenarians received recognitions, cash incentives and bags of groceries from the Provincial Government of Bulacan (PGB) through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office via Zoom teleconferencing last Thursday, October 6, 2022 in line with the celebration of Filipino Elderly Week.
With the theme “Older Persons: Resilience in Nation-Building (Katatagan ng Nakatatanda, Magtataguyod ng Kaunlaran), PSWDO Head Rowena J. Tiongson explained that in accordance to Provincial Ordinance No. 55-2018; Section 3, the PGB grants cash incentive worth P10,000 and plaque of recognition to Bulakenyo centenarians every National Elderly Week celebration.
Tiongson also said that they conducted surprise visits to Bulakenyo centenarians to make sure that they are well taken care of by their families and to ensure that their needs, especially in health are provided.
Furthermore, guest of honor Commissioner Reymar R. Mansilungan of the National Commission of Senior Citizens shared about the challenges that the senior citizens are facing and sought help from the local senior citizen officers to gather the data of their members.
“Sa tulong po ninyo, sana makuha natin ang data ng mga senior citizen, pati ang kanilang health condition pati ang record ng kanilang mga trabaho. Para alam ng pamahalaan kung sino ang agad na kinakailangang tulungan,” Mansilungan said.
Meanwhile, Bulacan Governor Daniel R. Fernando congratulated the Bulakenyo centenarians and senior citizens for being resilient despite all the challenges that the province has experienced and vowed to always support them.
“Congratulations po sa ating mga centenarian. Mapapalad po kayo. Ang inyo pong lingkod ay nakasuporta po sa inyo, kasama ang ating PSWDO Head Rowena J. Tiongson. Patuloy po kayong susuportahan ng Pamahalaang Panlalawigan,” the governor said.
Among the guests during the program were Commissioner Rainier Cruz of NCSC and officers from Office of Senior Citizens Affairs and Federation of Senior Citizens Associations of the Philippines-Bulacan Chapter.
In accordance with the Presidential Proclamation No. 470, the first week of October every year is declared as “Linggo ng Katandaang Pilipino” (Elderly Filipino Week Celebration) signed by former President Fidel V. Ramos on September 26, 1994. ###