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LGU Tacurong recognizes 2nd Centenarian Awardee for 2022

The Local Government Unit awards yet another P100,000 cash incentive to Mr. Bernardo Bating Francisco, a World War II veteran and the 2nd Centenarian Awardee for 2022. 

Born on August 20, 1921, Bernardo lived his early years serving his country; he joined the Philippine Guerilla at the age of twenty (20) against the Japanese Imperial Army when World War II broke out and became a member of the United States Army Forces in the Far East (USAFFE). 

In 1946, he was enlisted in the Philippine Army until 1949 where he was honorably discharged and settled life of a civilian. He was married to Natividad Rael in 1950 and was blessed with five(5) children: Gerardo, Nelly, Melinde, Rozelle, and Ronnie; eight(8) grandchildren and five(5) great-grandchildren. 

Like the reason of many early migrants in Mindanao, Lolo Fransing sought greener pasture in the Land of Promise in 1951 with his wife and friend and settled in Barangay Tacurong, Buluan, South Cotabato. 

Mr. Francisco spent his time in Tacurong as an active member of the community. He was part of Tacurong Police Force under the administration of then-Mayor, Jose Escribano, he was a Barangay Councilor for 2 Terms and a Board of Director of Baras for the Tacurong Communal Irrigation Association (TCIA). 

Mayor Lino Montilla personally gave him the P100,000 cash when he visited his house in Barangay Baras last January 19, 2022, and explains how Lolo Fransing is an inspiration to all, for he has achieved what others can only dream about. Lolo Francing lived his life away from vices and a bad lifestyle which was his secret to achieving his most recent milestone. 

The P100,000 cash is the LGU’s counterpart in addition to the same amount given by the National Government through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) via the Centenarians Act of 2016. Bernardo is the 12th centenarian recognized by the city since the enactment of RA 10868 in 2016 and the 3rd to receive the LGU’s P100k counterpart since its inception in 2020. Lolo Fransing’s Award was delayed due to gathering restrictions and the height of the pandemic last year. (EDB, LGUTac-Info)

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LGU Awards 100k to 2022 Centenarian

Known to many of Tacurongnons as “Maam Canzana” the bright and cheerful teacher in Notre Dame of Tacurong, Gloria Montiague Canzana has been identified and awarded the first Centenarian for 2022. 

A mother of three (3) and grandmother to twenty-one (21), Lola Gloria took care of her health to great heights to reach the age of 100 years old Having achieved such a milestone, she is entitled to receive P100,000 cash incentive from the LGU Tacurong, made possible through the initiative of Mayor Lino O. Montilla. 

This P100,000 is on top of her cash incentive from the National Government through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) of the same amount mandated by RA 10868 or the Centenarians Act of 2016, which she has yet to receive. Mayor Montilla personally hands her the 100 thousand cash at her house last January 14, 2022. 

Vice Mayor Lalaine Montilla, Councilors Remo Flores, and Lino Ledda, employees of the LGU also tagged along to witness the event. Mrs. Canzana is the 13th centenarian recognized by the City since the enactment of RA 10868 in 2016 and the 2nd to receive the P100,000 cash from the LGU. (EDB, LGU-Info)

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LGU-Tacurong awards 100k to centenarian on top of DSWD’s 100k

History was made as the Local Government of Tacurong awarded for the first time P100, 000 cash incentive to a centenarian in addition to the same amount given by the National Government through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

In total, the only Centenarian Awardee this year, Soledad Nono Libo-on of EJC Montilla, received P200,000.00.

Born on August 1, 1920, Soledad is a mother to eight (8) children and a grandmother to forty-one (41) grandchildren.

According to Soledad’s eldest offspring, the 71-year old Remedios Libo-on – Dejilla, her mother withstood living through the years by keeping a healthy lifestyle: avoiding meat and only eating fish and vegetable dishes such as her favorite, “laswa.”

It is evident that Lola Soledad has well-taken care of her body since her knees are still quite strong to walk with minimal support despite of her old age.

Though memories of her daughters get mixed up sometimes, she can still vividly recall her youngest child, Rodrigo Libo-on, whom according to her will receive a tricycle from the 200,000 pesos given to her by DSWD and LGU-Tacurong.

This 2020, DSWD has recognized fifty-four (54) centenarians all throughout the region and Soledad is the last awardee to date.

In the city, Soledad is the 11th centenarian recognized by the LGU since the enactment of R.A 10868 in 2016.

The awarding last December 1, 2020 follows the mandate of the Republic Act No. 10868 or the Centenarian Act of 2016 where the National Government must award P100, 000 cash incentives to Filipino citizens who have reached the age of 100 as an act of honoring them.

This year’s additional P100, 000 cash incentive was made possible through the initiative of City Mayor Hon. Angelo O. Montilla and the funding of City Mayor’s Office.

Mayor Montilla encouraged everyone in the venue to take care of their old ones, not because of the monetary reward from the government but because when all else fail, all we have are our families.

The program at the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) was also  graced by the DSWD XII Regional Representative Lavinia Bañes, City First Lady Cora Montilla, City Social Welfare and Development Officer Eufemia Robles, OSCA Head Lorenzo Ysulat, Jr., Population Program Officer Jesus Hinayhinay, and Josephine Tizon, RSW representing City Councilor Lalaine Montilla who was at an equally important committee meeting that time. (DEC, LGU-TacInfo)

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