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3 Palaweño senior citizens qualify as nominees in ‘7th Regional Nakatatanda Awards’

By Celeste Anna R. Formoso

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Nov. 18 (PNA) — Three senior citizens from Palawan are nominated in the 7th Regional Ulirang Nakatatanda Awards of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

This was confirmed Wednesday by Helen Bundal of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO).

According to Bundal, nominated under the Individual Category of the search are senior citizens Virginia J. Agpao and Benida O. Paala of Aborlan town, and Antonio T. Gorecho, Sr. of the municipality of Bataraza – all in southern Palawan.

The three finalists, she explained, underwent meticulous examination and verification by the Regional Inter-Agency Committee led by the DSWD.

The PSWDO official in Palawan said there was a big chance that any of the three would win the award because of their admirable achievements.

Bundal said the annual award intends to salute and appreciate the contributions of the elderly citizens to the development of Palawan, and the Philippines as a whole.

More importantly, the award is to inspire the Filipino people to continue to value the elderly citizens and the contributions they can still deliver to their communities despite their old age.

It also strengthens the Filipinos’ respect and care for the senior citizens, who are an important part of what the Philippines is today.

The awarding ceremony for the 7th Regional Ulirang Nakatatanda Awards will be on Nov. 26 in Metro Manila. The winner will receive a plaque and a Php 8,000 cash prize.

It is being supported by the DSWD in partnership with the Coalition of Services for the Elderly, Inc. (COSEI) that aims to give recognition and honor to the elderly people of the society, who still have the capacity, capability and interest to help in bringing solutions to issues that happen in communities, and to contribute to the society’s general welfare.

The first award was given in 2009 in Calapan, Oriental Mindoro under the initiative of the Regional Inter-Agency Committee –Philippine Plan of Action for Senior Citizens (RIAC-PPASC).

In 2012, Anastacio Villapa, a resident of Bataraza, won the top award in the said search. (PNA)

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