‘Prob­lem on poverty wors­ens af­ter 120 years’

Sun Star Bacolod - - Top Stories - BY TERESA D. ELLERA

NE­GROS Oc­ci­den­tal Gov­er­nor Al­fredo Marañon Jr. said yes­ter­day, dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tion of the 120th Ne­gros Day at the Pro­vin­cial Capi­tol, the prob­lem on poverty con­tin­ues and has wors­ened af­ter 120 years.

The sad fact is that the rich Filipinos are get­ting richer while the poor be­comes poorer, the gov­er­nor said.

A fact to this, he said, is that the 20 rich­est Filipinos have tripled their wealth in just a span of five years. ”There is this bil­lion­aire whose net worth was P228 bil­lion in 2010 and in 2015, his net worth has tripled to P665 bil­lion,” he added.

It’s sad to note that right now, there are still peo­ple who are poor that can­not even eat a com­plete meal of three times a day, the gov­er­nor lamented.

“That’s why, we, in the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment, are mak­ing our ser­vice reach the poor fam­i­lies. For me, one way to solve the prob­lem is good ed­u­ca­tion that is why we are help­ing the poor peo­ple for their chil­dren to fin­ish school to have a bet­ter job to help the fam­ily,” Marañon said.

He said he is hop­ing the good projects of the prov­ince such as the Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Com­pre­hen­sive Health Pro­gram will be con­tin­ued by the next ad­min­is­tra­tion in the prov­ince.

Cen­te­nar­i­ans, out­stand­ing Negrenses

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment hon­ored 31 cen­te­nar­i­ans yes­ter­day morn­ing at the Pro­vin­cial Capi­tol grounds.

Each of the cen­te­nar­ian, or those who are 100 years old and above, re­ceived a P100,000 cash in­cen­tive and a plaque of recog­ni­tion.

This year, the old­est cen­te­nar­ian was 106-yearold Mag­dalena Lozada

Java of Cadiz City.

Four cen­te­nar­i­ans were given post­hu­mous awards.

Of the 31 awardees, five were from Sa­gay City; four from Tal­isay City; three each from Vic­to­rias City and Hi­ma­may­lan City; two each from Cadiz City and Bago City; and one each from Si­lay City, La Car­lota City, Pulu­pan­dan, Val­ladolid, Hini­garan, Pon­teve­dra, La Castel­lana, Bi­nal­ba­gan, Ilog and Hi­noba-an.

Also among the awardees was Vir­ginia Tagui­walo, mother of for­mer So­cial Wel­fare sec­re­tary Judy Tagui­walo.

In 2015, the Pro­vin­cial Board passed the Ne­gros First Cen­te­nar­ian Act, which gives a one-time cash in­cen­tive worth P100,000, to cen­te­nar­i­ans who are res­i­dents of Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal for at least three years, while those liv­ing in Ba­colod City are not qual­i­fied.

Mean­while, four out­stand­ing Negrenses and an or­ga­ni­za­tion were this year’s re­cip­i­ent of Pasidun­gog Award, the high­est ac­co­lade given by the Pro­vin­cial Gov­ern­ment to Negrenses.

Given the medal of ex­cel­lence and to­ken are Cher­rie Ati­lano for sus­tain­able agri-tourism, Jeanette Patin­dol for academe and lit­er­a­ture, Roberto Mon­telibano for busi­ness and en­trepreneur­ship, Olivia Yan­son for hu­man­i­tar­ian works, and Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal His­tor­i­cal Coun­cil Inc. for his­tory and cul­ture.

Marañon, in his speech, said: “We are hon­ored and happy as we wel­come to­gether tonight for the recog­ni­tion of our out­stand­ing Ne­grosanons, who are con­sid­ered as he­roes of to­day.”

“Be­cause of their ex­cep­tional suc­cess in var­i­ous fields, it is just fit­ting that we rec­og­nize them so other peo­ple will em­u­late them,” he added.

“It is a firm com­mit­ment of the prov­ince to con­tin­u­ally rec­og­nize peo­ple and or­ga­ni­za­tion who truly show gen­uine love through hon­or­able ser­vice to the prov­ince,” he also said.*

RICHARD MALIHAN

SOME of the Ne­grense cen­te­nar­i­ans who were hon­ored at the 120th Ne­gros Day cel­e­bra­tion at the Capi­tol Park.

RICHARD MALIHAN

GOV­ER­NOR Al­fredo Marañon Jr. hands the Cen­te­nar­ian Award to 106-yearold Mag­dalena Lozada Java from Cadiz City dur­ing the award­ing and pre­sen­ta­tion of the 2018 Ne­grense Cen­te­nar­i­ans at the Capi­tol yes­ter­day.

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