DSWD Grants P100K Cash Gift to Valenzuela Centenarians

DSWD Secretary Rexlon Gatchalian. Photo from PCO
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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rexlon “Rex” Gatchalian recently had the honor of personally presenting a P100,000 cash gift to Valenzuela City’s newest centenarians. This gesture is part of the government’s commitment to recognizing and supporting the elderly population in the country.

Valenzuela City is proud to have a total of 11 centenarians who have already received their cash benefits from the local government. Each of them has been granted P50,000, thanks to the efforts of Mayor Weslie “Wes” Gatchalian, the younger brother of Secretary Rex Gatchalian.

Secretary Gatchalian expressed his delight in personally delivering the cash gift to the two newest Valenzuela centenarians, known as “Tatay” Cornelio from Barangay Coloong, and “Nanay” Felipa from Barangay Bagbaguin. As a former Valenzuela mayor and District 1 lawmaker, Secretary Gatchalian considers it a privilege to contribute to the well-being of the city’s elderly residents.

Mayor Wes Gatchalian, in a separate interview, expressed his gratitude to Secretary Gatchalian for taking the time to meet the city’s newest centenarians and personally hand over the cash gift from the national government. He emphasized that the local government has implemented various programs specifically designed to benefit the elderly, including the centenarians.

“The city government believes that our elderly citizens deserve all the support and assistance we can provide, considering their unparalleled contributions to society and the sacrifices they have made,” Mayor Gatchalian stated. This sentiment reflects the deep respect and appreciation the city has for its elderly population.

The recognition and support for centenarians in Valenzuela City are in accordance with Republic Act 10868, also known as the “Centenarians Act of 2016.” This law ensures that all Filipinos who reach the remarkable milestone of 100 years or older, whether residing in the Philippines or abroad, receive a letter of felicitation from the President, along with a “centenarian gift” worth P100,000.

The implementation of this act is a testament to the government’s commitment to honoring and celebrating the lives of those who have reached this significant age. It serves as a token of appreciation for their invaluable contributions to society and a recognition of their resilience and wisdom.

Valenzuela City’s dedication to providing support and assistance to its elderly residents is commendable. By prioritizing programs that benefit centenarians and other elderly citizens, the local government sets an example for other cities and municipalities throughout the country.

In conclusion, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, under the leadership of Secretary Rex Gatchalian, continues to prioritize the well-being of the elderly population in Valenzuela City. By personally handing over a generous cash gift to the newest centenarians and recognizing their remarkable achievements, the government demonstrates its commitment to honoring and supporting the elderly. This serves as a reminder to all Filipinos of the importance of valuing and cherishing the wisdom and contributions of our senior citizens.

Source: The Manila Times

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