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Sara gives “gift” to centenarian

March 08, 2021 - Monday 8:03 PM by Jose Ronald F. Siongco

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Just like her father. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte’s kindness is a trait worth emulating.

During her weekly program on Monday, a local resident called her up asking if she would give a “centennial birthday gift” to her mother who recently turned 100 years old.

Per Republic Act 10868, an ‘Act Honoring and Granting Additional Benefits and Privileges to Filipino Centenarians, and for Other Purposes’ also known as ‘Centenarians Act of 2016’, the National Government, thru the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), provides a cash gift of P100,000 to Filipinos who reach 100 years of age.

In response, Duterte explained to caller Perla Panuncillo that the City Council “led by proponent Councilor Mabel Acosta” is drafting an ordinance for the city’s “counterpart” worth “P100,000 pud.”

“But sa pagkakaron, the City Ordinance gina-panday pa diha sa atuang Sangguniang Panlungsod and wala pa ta kahibalo sa mga detalye until makita na natu diri sa atuang opisina,” she said

Panuncillo then bared to Duterte that they have yet to receive the mandated P100,000 cash gift since September last year when her mother celebrated her 100th birthday. 

Additionally, she told the Mayor they heard over the radio that she will be giving a gift “aside from DSWD.”

Wanting to help, Duterte sprung into action and promptly assigned a person to aid them in acquiring the P100,000 from the agency. 

“Mag-assign mi ug tao na mag-assist sa inyuha para ma-access ninyo ang P100,000 ninyo from the national government,” she said.

And, sans an ordinance, she revealed the City Mayor’s Office would give a “laing gift para sa imohang Mama.”

Duterte also gave a belated birthday greeting to her mother: “Belated happy birthday Ma’am Dolores. We wish you good health and happiness. We pray that you will be given another 100 years sa atuang Ginoo.”

“Thank you, Mayor,” a beaming Panuncillo said. MDM