Sagay City lauded former Brgy. Andres Bonifacio captain for his recognition as one of the Sampung Ulirang Nakakatanda Awardee 2022 in the Philippines during the city flag ceremony at the Sagay City Government Center Monday, a press release from Sagay PIO said.
Sagay Mayor Narciso “Narwin” Javelosa, Jr., together with the president of the Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines-Sagay Chapter, John Espeso recognized Exequiel Cañete during the program, in time with the Elderly Week celebration.
He received a trophy and cash prize of P20,000.
Cañete was an outstanding leader due to his contribution to the development of his community such as the electrification system of Barangay Andres Bonifacio, which he used to serve as Punong Barangay.
Javelosa commended Cañete saying “his exemplary deeds is (sic) worthy to be emulated.”
He spearheaded the pushing for the enactment in the Local Government Unit of the Nonagenarian Act which awards P50,000 to the elderly who have reached the age of 90 years old and above when he started as president of Senior Citizens in his Barangay, Andres Bonifacio.
He has also played a big role in the enactment into law of additional benefits for centenarians at the local and provincial levels.
Cañete, or “Tatay Iking” is 94 years old and still actively participates in all the activities of the senior citizens and in his community.
The Sampung Ulirang Nakakatanda Award is an award by the Coalition of Senior Citizens in the country.
Meanwhile, the awards Sagay City recently received were also presented and the performance of the corresponding sections recognized.
Sagay City LGU is one of the awardees of the PRIME – HRM Bronze Award given by the Civil Service Commission during the agency’s Pasidungog Award in Iloilo City.
The award was received by Mayor Narciso Javelosa, Jr., HRMO head Rena Dy, and SP Member Felisa de la Cruz.
Sagay City was also included in the world’s Green Destinations Top 100 Stories 2022 List during the Green Destinations and Future of Tourism Summit in Athens Greece.
The entry of Sagay City LGU was through the efforts of CITO spearheaded by City Information and Tourism Officer, Helen Cutillar, and SCENRO head Mayo Antonio Cueva.
CALL FOR HELP
During the flag ceremony, the City Treasurer Juvy Pinongan called for everyone’s initiative to help collect delinquent accounts of real properties in the city and for its Business Permit Licensing Office to campaign for more establishments to secure the required permits and licenses.
In her speech, Pinongan said that “for the years 2023 and 2024 there will be a big slash in our IRA or what is now known as the National Tax Allocation which we have not anticipated due to the devolution or the implementation of Mandanas-Garcia Law and also due to the effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
“With this economic situation we are facing, every LGU is encouraged to enhance their income-generating projects in order to cope with the decrease of the National Tax Allocation and to observe austerity measures in our day-to-day operations but not sacrifice the quality of services we provide our people,” she added.*