The provincial government's “Local Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens” is continuously implemented in Palawan under the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 to provide financial support to indigent senior citizens for food and medicine. (Photo courtesy of Palawan Provincial Information Office)

The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) is urging families of centenarians in Palawan to coordinate their registration with their respective municipal social welfare and development offices (MSWDOs) and Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) to be validated to receive incentives stipulated in the “Centenarians Act of 2016.”

PSWDO population program officer II Helen Bundal said senior citizens whose ages are 100 and above should be in the list of the MSWDO and the OSCA for validation by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-MIMAROPA to receive P100,000 from the national government.

Makipag-ugnayan silang 100 years old and above sa OSCA at MSWDO. Isumite nila ang mga dokumenting kinakailangan tulad ng birth certificate, baptismal certificatr, OSCA ID, affidavit of at least 80 disinterested persons — friends, relatives who are known to the centenarian — and marriage contract para maisama sila sa mabebenepisyuhan,” Bundal said.

Bundal said their call to the families to help their centenarians be registered is part of the provincial government’s goal to take care of its elderly citizens, particularly those who are over a hundred or more years old.

She said from December 2018 to early this year, the PSWDO has awarded P100,000 as a centenary gift to each of six elderly residents of the province whose identity had already been validated by the DSWD-MIMAROPA.

They are Estrella Batiancila, 107; Patricio Panez, 100; Teodoro Papa, 101; Aurelea Cuyao, 105; Rebecca Butac, 101, and Josefina Bajet, 101, who also received P10,000 each from the provincial government.

Bundal said the centenarians will continue to receive P2,000 each annually during their birthdays as stated under a 2016 approved provincial ordinance.