Bill seeking to honor Filipino centenarians awaits PNoy’s signature

• The Centenarian Act was approved by the 16th Congress and has been referred to President Aquino for signature
• The act is seeking to grant additional benefits and privileges to Filipinos who reach the age of 100
• A Centenarian Gift in the amount of P100,000, in addition to a Felicitation Letter from the President, shall be given to centenarians

A bill seeking to grant additional benefits and privileges to centenarian Filipinos has been approved by the 16th Congress and is now awaiting the signature of outgoing President Benigno Aquino III for enactment into law.

The proposed “Centenarian Act” that has been referred to President Aquino for his approval and signature is expected to be signed by the president before his term expires on June 30.

One of the salient points of the proposed measure is the declaration of 25th of September as the “National Respect for Centenarians Day” during which all Filipinos who reach the age of 100, whether residing in the Philippines or abroad, shall be honored with a Felicitation letter from the President of the Philippines congratulating the celebrant for his or her longevity.

Additionally, the celebrant will be given a Centenarian Gift in the amount of P100,000.

The act also provides that during the “National Respect for Centenarian Day” which will be part of the annual Family Week celebration from September 19 to 28, the city or municipal governments where centenarians reside shall award them with plaque of recognition and cash incentives. As noted in a Daily Tribune article, the local government unit concerned shall determine the amount of the cash incentive.

All living Filipinos who reached the age of 100 before the effectivity of the Centenarian Act shall be honored during the celebration of the first “National Respect for Centenarians Day” or 120 days after the effectivity of the Act, whichever comes earlier. They shall also receive the Centenarian Gift in addition to a plaque of recognition.

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