BACOLOD CITY – Thirteen more centenarians in the cities of Bago, Himamaylan, and Kabankalan, and the municipalities of Hinigaran and Ilog in Negros Occidental each received P100,000 cash gifts on Thursday.
The centenarians were Irene Mundo, Soledad Ortega, Adelina Failago, Concepcion Torrefranca, Felipa Billanes, Conchita Torpe, Catalina Librado, Eufronia Meneza, Segundo Maravilla, Ma. Consolatriz Alberio, Eufemia Aguilos, Alberto Paglinawan, and Victoria Salazar.
Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson personally went to the houses of the centenarians to give them their cash gifts and certificates.
Lacson said the centenarians were usually recognized every Cinco de Noviembre celebration on November 5 annually, but due to the pandemic, he decided to personally visit them.
“I believe there is no reason to postpone this, thus we traveled from south to north to hand the money to each of you personally,” he added.
Lacson said he was happy to see them reach 100 years old, and that they were still healthy.
The governor expressed his gratitude to the beneficiaries and their families, and local officials for the warm welcome to their areas and their homes.
Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office officer-in-charge Merle Garcia and staff assisted in the distribution that was also witnessed by Sixth District Board Member Jeffrey Tubola, Bago City Mayor Nicholas Yulo and Councilor Andrew Torres, Hinigaran Mayor Jose Nadie Arceo and Vice Mayor Teresita Gabrido, Himamaylan City Mayor Raymund Tongson, Jr., Vice Mayor Justin Gatuslo and city councilors, Kabankalan City Mayor Pedro Zayco, Jr. and city councilors, Ilog Mayor John Paul Alvarez.
On November 21, the provincial government also gave the same cash gifts to each of the eight centenarians in the cities of Escalante, Sagay, and Cadiz, and the municipalities of Manapla and E.B. Magalona.