Dolores, Abra – Lolo Adolfo Talledo, who just turned 100 August last year, received P100, 000 from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as incentive including a felicitation letter from President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday, March 22, 2021.
The Local Government of Dolores reports that Talledo is the second centenarian from the municipality to avail such benefit which aims to honor Filipinos who have reached the age of 100, whether residing in the Philippines or abroad.
The president in his letter cited that reaching such age is ‘the biggest milestone a person can achieve’ and quoted a line from former American President Abraham Lincoln saying, ‘It is not the years in your life that count, but the life in your years.’
“You are very special and honoured for all the great experiences and accomplishments that life has given you. May you be surrounded with happy memories from your family,” the president further penned.
The letter along with other gifts from the government, were personally delivered to the centenarian’s home in Barangay Kimmalaba by DSWD- Cordillera, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) and LGU-Dolores.
Said incentive is mandated through Republic Act 10868 or the Centenarians Act of 2016.
In a report by Dolores LGU, Punong Barangay Reuel Talledo, the grandson of Lolo Adolfo, revealed that his grandfather’s secret to long life is credited to his habit of eating vegetables.
Requirements to avail of said benefits
For a centenarian to avail said incentive, DSWD Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 04 series of 2017 provides that the individual must present his or her birth certificate or Philippine passport for verification of the C/MSWDO and Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs.
If said documentary requirements are not available, the centenarian could present his or her senior citizen’s identification (ID) card or any other Philippine government -issued ID showing his or her citizenship and date of birth.
Documents including marriage certificate, old school documents, baptismal or confirmation records, birth certificate of children, or an affidavit executed by at least two (2) disinterested persons at least 80 years old with personal knowledge of the centenarian’s actual age or date of birth can also be used if aforementioned documents are unavailable.
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