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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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Indigent Senior Citizens of Tacurong Receive Social Pension

“Makabulig ining kwarta para sa mga garastuson ko sa akon panimalay.”

This was Mrs. Concepcion dela Cruz, a frail 80 year old widow, resident of Baranggay New Lagao, Tacurong City, during the releasing of her social pension on November 6, 2015 at the Tacurong City Hall. She, along with other beneficiaries, made a beeline to the city hall early in the morning of the said date to receive their stipend from the government worth Php3000 for the 2nd and 3rd quarters of the year.

This year, the Local Government Unit of Tacurong has listed 536 regular pensioners from all the different baranggays of its jurisdiction; they have received their first quarter stipend worth Php1500 last May 2015.

Additionally, 318 new qualified pensioners have been added to the list this quarter, and they are set to receive 3 quarters-worth of their stipend, which amounts to Php4500.

With a total of 854 pensioners this year, LGU Tacurong, through the DSWD, is able to provide Php3.843 million worth of pension as of the 3rd quarter. The remaining 4th quarter stipend is expected to be released on January 2016.

According to Mrs. Violeta Muyuela, president of the Office for Senior Citizens Affair in Tacurong, the pensioners are identified and validated individually in their respective barangays through the purok and are listed in the National Household Targeting System (NHTS) of the DSWD. The qualifying age of the pensioner is 65 years old, and he or she must be a resident of Tacurong.

As per Republic Act No. 9994, also known as the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010, every qualified indigent senior citizen of a local government unit who is frail, sickly, or has disabilities; is not receiving pension from SSS, GSIS, or Veterans Pension; and does not have a permanent source of income or regular support from relatives can receive a monthly stipend of Php500. (Yen Robles, LGU-Tacurong)

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