By Freddie C. Velez
CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan — The provincial government never fails to express its affection and appreciation to the most elderly citizens of Bulacan, showering them with honors and cash incentives in their golden years.
Sixty previously recognized and 30 newly-listed centenarians received P10,000 cash incentive from the Provincial Government of Bulacan during the “Pagkilala at Pagpapahalaga sa mga Sentenaryong Bulakenyo at Pagdiriwang ng Linggo ng Katandaang Pilipino” held at The Pavilion in Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center in this city the other day.
Aside from the cash incentive, the additional batch of Bulakenyo hundred-year-old and above got a plaque of recognition and appreciation and is waiting for their P100,000 incentive from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado believed that if the youth is the hope of our nation, the elderly are “the light that guides the path of the youth.”
“Hangad namin na patuloy pa kayong biyayaan ng higit pang kalakasan at mabuting kalusugan upang patuloy ninyong masaksihan at tamasahin ang mga pagpapalang hatid ng isang matiwasay, mapayapa at maunlad na Lalawigan ng Bulacan (It is our desire that you be blessed with greater strength and good health so that you may continue to enjoy the fruits of a tranquil, progressive, and peaceful province of Bulacan),” the governor said.
Meanwhile, DSWD Regional Director Gemma Gabuya said that the recognition is the government’s way of paying back the centenarians for their services and contributions to the country during the time when they were still capable and strong to function.
“Maraming benepisyo ang ating mga nakatatanda na itinatakda ng ating pamahalaan kaya naman makasisiguro kayo na aming pinangangalagaan ang kapakanan ng ating mga lolo at lola (There are a lot of benefits for our elderly that the government has set in order to ensure the welfare and care of our grandfathers and grandmothers),” Gabuya said.