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)