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Valenzuela centenarians handed P50K each

The oldest living centenarian is 103-years-old Arsenio Ocampo from Barangay Coloong

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Nine resident centenarians received cash incentives from the local government of Valenzuela City yesterday.

The P50,000 cash gifts for each of the centenarians were in recognition of their lives etched forever in the history of Valenzuela.

Ordinance 300 passed in 2016 has afforded the centenarians the cash gift of P20,000 each, but the city raised the amount to P50,000 under Ordinance 652.

The cash incentive is separate from the money centenarians receive from the Department of Social Welfare and Development amounting to P100,000 each under the Centenarians Act of 2016.

Aside from the P50,000 cash incentive, Valenzuela’s centenarian residents also received food packs and vitamins from the Alliance of Senior Citizens of Valenzuela City.

The distribution was filled with stories and updates from the kin of the centenarian beneficiaries, who, for the second time since the pandemic, are the ones who received the cash incentives on behalf of the centenarian to keep the silver-haired citizens safe.

Out of the nine centenarians, two already passed away this year, but their kins were still given their rewards.

Based on the city records, Valenzuela now has seven living centenarians, one each from barangays Coloong, Wawang Pulo, Mapulang Lupa, Malinta, and Ugong, and two from Barangay Karuhatan.

The oldest living centenarian is 103-years-old Arsenio Ocampo from Barangay Coloong.

Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian reminded the kin of the beneficiaries, as well as every Valenzuelano, to have senior citizens vaccinated against Covid-19 as vulnerable members of society.

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