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San Quintin town of Abra honors first centenarian

THE FIRST 100. Augusta Rodriguez is shown during her recognition as a centenarian at the municipal hall of San Quintin, Abra last Monday, the first in the municipality where she got also a PhP50,000 reward from the local government unit led by mayor Amador Diaz. Abra Province Facebook Page Photo

Nutritious food, regular exercise, living happy, a strong faith to the Creator and four grandchildren has made life good for San Quintin woman who celebrated her 100th birthday last month and was feted by the municipal government last Monday at the municipal hall.

Agustina Rodriguez was given honors by town officials led by mayor Amador Diaz and members of the sangguniang bayan during the Monday ceremonies where she received P50,000 from the local government unit for her longevity, the first in said municipality.

Rodriguez showed that she is still physically fit by walking all by herself and still has a good vision by reading the bible and newspapers.

The centenarian from Poblacion of said town in the Abra Province Facebook page said: “Nasustansia a taraon, regular nga ehersisio, panagbalin latta a naragsak, ken panagtalek iti Namarsua dagiti imburayna a makaigapu iti napaut a panagbiagna. (Nutritious food, regular exercise, by being happy and faith in the Creator are the key to a long life).”

Rordiguez is also expecting another P100,000 that will come from the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Under Republic Act 10868 or the Centenarian Act of 2016, Municipal Social Welfare Officer Maricel Esmilla said that Rodrigues is entitled to a P100,000 cash incentive from the DSWD upon reaching 100 years old.

“This is a recognition which comes with the grant of an award of P100,000 which will come from the national (DSWD),” she added in a mix English and Iloko.

Rodirguez has two children from whom she has four grandchildren who she says are her inspiration to her long life.

“Managmisa ak, managkararag ak (I go to church religiously, I pray a lot) [and] I ask only for a healthy life,” said Rodriguez.

Mayor Diaz said that “it is difficult to reach this age. Now we have one in our municipality.”

“The senior citizens have a special place in my heart,” he said in Iloko and added that reaching 100 years old is a proof to take good care of ones health.

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