(Metro News) QC gives incentives to centenarians

October 12, 2009 10:52 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 13 — The Quezon City government on Tuesday said it is giving incentives to QC's senior citizens who have reached the age of 100.

QC Councilor Edcel "Grex" Lagman of District 4 said there are many centenarians in Quezon City but this is not formally recorded nor acknowledged officially.

As this developed, Lagman has filed a resolution extending warmest greetings to Mrs. Mercedes P. Tolentino of Barangay Santo Niño, District 4, who became a centenarian last September 24.

Great grandmother Tolentino raised her nine children by cooking and selling foods in her eatery. She received a P10,000 cash gift from the QC government.

"Considering they are the living link to our history. appropriate recognition and rewards should be accorded to them," Lagman said.

A proposed ordinance authored by Lagman states centenarians will be given a one-time P10,000 cash incentive plus yearly Christmas and birthday gifts in the amount of P2,000 as rewards from the QC government.

The centenarians will also be recognized by inviting them to the regular Monday programs for flag ceremony and their remarkable stories will be published in any newspaper of general circulation in Quezon City.

The Lagman Proposal calls for the registration of resident centenarians at the City's Office for Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) and requires them to prove they are bonafide residents of the city by presenting authentic documents to qualify for the cash incentive and rewards.

Lagman said under Articles XV and XII of the Constitution, the State may design programs of social security for senior citizens and shall give priority to measures to attend to the needs of the elderly.(PNA)/V3/JCA/

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