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Tabuk man, newest member of exclusive centenarian club

CENTENARIAN. Miguel Dayagon of barangay Amlao in Tabuk City is the region’s newest centenarian. Here he is seen with Tabuk City government representatives and his family after he received his PhP50,000 cash gift from mayor Darwin Estranero. Tabuk PIO Photo

A centenarian in Tabuk City may just become one of the beneficiaries of a bill filed in the Lower House granting him PhP1 million for reaching 101.

This after the city recognized this week Miguel Dayagon of barangay Amlao as the city’s newest, and very few, member of the exclusive centenarian club.

City mayor Darwin Estrañero gave this week a PhP50,000 cash gift to Dayagon more than a month after turning 100. Dayagon celebrated his 100th year last October 8. He was born in 1921 and sired nine children.

Dayagon said the secret to his long life is living a healthy lifestyle and eating mostly boiled food.

He avoids using too much salt and monosodium glutamate (MSG) or commonly vetsin on his food.

Dayagon is also expected to receive PhP25,000 from the Provincial Government and PhP100,000 from the National Government.

Go’s House Bill 1391 aims to expand Republic Act 10868 which grants the PhP100,000 reward to centenarians through the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

The House appropriations committee has recently approved funding for the bill and may expect its passage soon. With the passage of the bill all senior citizens reaching the age of 101 will get PhP1 million as cash gift.

The bill will also grant PhP25,000 to all senior citizens reaching the age of 80, 85 and 90.

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