February 5, 2023

BONTOC, Mountain Province – Eight barangay senior citizen associations in this capital town were awarded cash incentives and certificates of recognition as best performing barangay senior citizen associations on Oct. 5 at the Bontoc Municipal Capitol grounds.

Barangays Malicgong, Tocucan, Caluttit, and Poblacion tied for the first place with a score of 88.75 percent. The second place went to Barangay Bontoc Ili with a score of 86.5 percent. Barangays Guina-ang, Mainit, and Caneo were adjudged third place with a score of 82.75 percent.

The Senior Citizens Incentive and Awards Program, pursuant to the Senior Citizens Code of Bontoc, aims to recognize the best performing barangay senior citizen associations.

The selection covers the projects, programs, and activities of the barangay senior citizen associations from October 2019 to October 2020.

The criteria for selection include projects or programs undertaken for the welfare and benefit of the members and the community; interaction and involvement with the LGUs, national government agencies and private sector; clear and established policies in the government or management of the organization; and other criteria approved or deemed necessary by the committee.

A plaque or certificate and a cash incentive of P10, 000 shall be awarded to the first place, P7,000 for the second place, and P5, 000 for the place.

As four barangay senior citizens tied for the first place while three barangays tied for third place, the Municipal Senior Citizens Committee decided on how to settle the cash prizes.

The proposal of Municipal Senior Citizens Federation President, Atty. Florence Taguiba who also chairs the All Saints Credit Cooperative (Ascco) board of directors, was approved, which is to allocate P50,000 from its community development fund as assistance to the elderly programs.

The Ascco augmented the P22,000 allocated by the Bontoc LGU for the Senior Citizens Incentive and Awards Program.

The Municipal Senior Citizens Committee agreed the four barangays that landed in first place shall receive P6,000 each, the second place shall receive P5,000, and the three barangays that tied in third place shall receive P3,000 each.

The remaining amount shall be used for the training on waste recycling for senior citizens on Oct. 20 and 21. – Alpine L. Killa