One hundred sixteen elders from the Province of Antique on Tuesday were given their annual Kabalaka assistance from the Office of the Governor, in coordination with the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office.

Antique Governor Rhodora ‘Dodod’ Cadiao facilitated the distribution of the cash incentives to the elders from different municipalities of Antique such as Patnongon, San Remegio, and Sibalom.

“Halin sa mga empleyado probinsya gobyerno paagto kay Governor Dodod kag Vice Governor Edgar Denosta, kag sa inyo mga pinalangga nga mga opisyales, nagakalipay gid kami nga bisan gamay lang, makaabot gid kaninyo ang kwarta nga halin sa gobyerno,” Gov. Dodod Cadiao said.

“Lolo, lola, God bless you. And palangga namon kamo,” the Governor concluded her speech.

The Kabalaka program of the Antique provincial government was tagged to be the only assistance program in the entire country for elders aged 85 and above.

Aside from the Kabalaka program, the provincial government also coordinates with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to provide financial assistance to impoverished Antiqueños through the Aid to Individuals in Crisis Situations (AICS).

Mr. Lazaro Petinglay, from the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWD), kicked off the distribution program discussing the importance of responsible parenting and the role of the government in helping families improve their lives.

In addition, Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) member Nanding Corvera also got to talk to the elders about their importance in teaching values to the youth.

“Barakal ko e ka bugas.. gatas,” Francisca Matina, 86, from Patnongong said when asked how the cash assistance could help her.

The Antique provincial government also gives cash incentives to elders who can reach the age of 100 and above.

As of this writing, the oldest surviving elder of the province is 107 years old and was given a cash incentive and awarded a certificate.

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