MANILA, Sept. 28 - President Rodrigo R. Duterte bestowed a Letter of Felicitation and a Centenarian gift worth P100,000 to eldest Filipino centenarian Lourdes Marquez during the ceremonial signing of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act (RA) 10868 or the Centenarians Act of 2016 on September 26, at the Malacañang Palace.
The signing of the IRR was set before the observance of Elderly Filipino Week, which is annually held on Oct. 1 to 7.
Coincidentally, the National Respect for Centenarians Day is also held on the first Sunday of October.
The law grants all 100-year old Filipinos, whether living in the country or abroad, PhP100,000 as a birthday gift and a letter of felicitation from the President.
Centenarians will also receive an additional cash gift and a plaque of recognition from their respective local government units.
Aside from DSWD, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Health (DOH) and Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) will also aid in carrying out the Centenarian Law.
Article XV of the 1987 Constitution states: "The family has the duty to take care of its elderly members but the State may al