April 2, 2023

BANGUED, Abra – The Department of Social Welfare and Development recognized  four centenarians in the province as a gesture to their contribution to the foundation of the community.

Under Republic Act 10868 or the Centenarians Act of 2016, the government through the DSWD  grants  Filipinos who are 100 years old and above  a cash award of P100,000 and  Letter of Felicitation signed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte and a posthumous Plaque of Recognition for deceased centenarians.

DSWD-Cordillera Centenarian Program Focal Michelle Bendanillo-Pinmiliw recently handed the P100,000 centennial gift, a Letter of Felicitation and an advocacy T-shirt to Nemesia “Ines” Fariñas-Claustro in their home at Sitio Presentar.

Lola Ines from Tangadan, San Quintin turned 100 years old last March 8.

Pinmiliw appreciated   the efforts of the family members who are taking care of Lola Ines.  

Lola Ines is expected to receive additional P50,000 from the local government of San Quintin.

The other centenarians who were recognized and handed cash gift are Apolonia Duque Torres from Bagala, Tayum, and Alita Berardez Ballena from Talampac, Lacub.

Bernardo Macanggay Valera from Tumalip, Licuan-Baay was posthumously awarded, which was received by his son.

Meanwhile, in behalf of the Lola Ines’ family, manang Corazon, the eldest among the 11 children, expressed her utmost gratitude for the cash gift received while their mother is still alive. She said they will use the money for her mother’s needs.  

San Quintinn Association of Barangay Captain President Geronimo Pajara reminded that they set aside an amount so that they will not be burdened should there be some pressing needs. – Susan Aro