Cebu Governor Hilario P. Davide III announced to Daanbantayan elderlies the Cebu Provincial Government’s plan to give cash incentives for all senior citizens in Cebu Province this December.
“Aduna’y plano ang Probinsya ug ang Provincial Board nga muhatag ug gamay nga pahinungod alang kaninyo mga senior citizens sama sa gibuhat sa Cebu City (Cebu Province and Provincial Board plans to give a small token of gratitude for you just like in Cebu City),” shared Davide during the Halad Kang Lolo ug Lola program earlier in Daanbantayan town.
He added that these incentives are targeted to be distributed by December this year.
“Paninguhaon namo nga mahatag ni sa Disyembre aron naay magamit para sa Pasko (We will do our best to hold the distribution this by December so you can have something to spend for Christmas),” assured Davide.
Growing up, Davide shared he and siblings were taught by their parents and grandparents to respect the elderlies. This motivated him to take care of all senior citizens in the Province.
However, Davide said the incentives would not be as much as what Cebu City has been giving to its senior citizens.
As town mayor Augusto Corro shared to the governor his plan of giving incentives as well to Daanbantayan elderlies, Davide said Capitol will give as much as what the local government will give.
More than 1000 senior citizens of Barangays Bagay, Calape, Malbago, and Bateria of the said town witnessed Davide’s surprise announcement.
They also received three kilos of rice each as part of the Halad Kang Lolo ug Lola program. Davide with Vice Governor Agnes Magpale and Corro personally handed out the bags of rice to the senior citizens.
Priscilla Umpad, 85-year old resident of Barangay Bateria was delighted after hearing the governor’s announcement.
“Daghan kaayong salamat kay naa pa diay gihapon mi madawat bisan sa ingon ani nga pangidaron (Even at this age, we can still receive something from the government. Thank you very much),” she said with a big smile.
Living alone with her 85-year old husband, Lola (grandma) Priscilla said they only eat what they grow in their backyard like sweet potatoes and vegetables.
She further shared that their 12 grown-up children, living now with their own families in different towns in Cebu, sometimes send money to them for their daily consumption.
When she receives the announced cash incentive this Christmas, Lola Priscilla said she will use it to buy milk and food for noche buena.