A GREAT-GRANDMOTHER from Barangay Gun-ob, Lapu-Lapu City received P100,000 from the Lapu-Lapu City Government during her 100th birthday celebration yesterday.
Dionisia Pahugot was the first recipient of the incentive from the City after the Lapu-Lapu City Council passed an ordinance granting the amount to senior citizens who reach 100 years old.
The City Council approved last July 25 Ordinance No. 14-053-2017, or the Centenary Senior Citizens Award, authored by Councilor Nelson Yap.
Yesterday, Mayor Paz Radaza and Vice Mayor Marcial Ycong handed the check to Pahugot, who was born on Aug. 16, 1917.
Aside from the cash, the city officials also brought two lechon, fruits, a cake and a variety of food that were shared by Pahugot’s family and relatives in Sitio Timpolok in Gun-ob.
Pahugot has six children, 30 grandchildren and 20 great- grandchildren.
When she was younger, Pahugot worked as a cook and was known for her delicious humba (stewed pork) recipe.
Although she was popular for her humba, she was never fond of eating pork and prefers to eat vegetables instead.
Radaza said centenarians in Lapu-Lapu can qualify to receive the cash incentive based on the qualifications provided by the ordinance.
“For living long and aging well, centenarians are considered role models and are worthy of emulation and public recognition as an inspiration (for others) to aspire for a long span of life by adapting a healthy lifestyle,” the ordinance read. (FMG)
Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on August 17, 2017.
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