The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a measure granting PhP100,000 to all Filipino centenarians living in the country and abroad. The cash gift will be known as Centenarian’s Gift under House Bill 5780 to be known as Centenarian Act.
The said bill also declares the 25th Day of September of every year as the “National Day of Respect for Centenarians” as part of the annual Family Week celebration from September 19 to 28.
“As our nation’s role model for living long, healthy and disciplined lives, centenarians should indeed be honored and respected accordingly by the younger generations, through the government’s appropriate recognition and allocation of substantial pecuniary incentives,” Marikina City 1st District Representative Marcelino R. Teodoro said.
Each Filipino who reaches the age of 100 will be honored with the letter of felicitation from the President and receive the Centenarian Gift.
Deceased centenarians will be given posthumous plaque of recognition which shall be presented to their nearest surviving relative or representative. The names of the deceased centenarians shall be sourced from the Register of Deaths in the Local Civil Registrar’s Office (LCRO) of every city and municipality.