By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Senior Citizen Party-list Rep. Rodolfo Ordanes filed House Resolution 2207 seeking to grant a centenarian from Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental P1 million as an incentive for being a supercentenarian.
Francisca “Lola Iska” Susano of Barangay Camingawan, Kabankalan City celebrated her 124th birthday last Saturday, September 11. She was born in 1897.
She is believed to be the oldest living person in the world.
Lola Iska survived the Spanish flu pandemic from 1918 to 1919 and witnessed both World War I and World War II.
Ordanes said the Guinness World Records already received the documents of Lola Iska.
Earlier, surprises from different groups greeted Susano during her 124th birthday.
Commissioner Franklin Quijano of the National Commission of Senior Citizens presented the gifts for Susano at their house over the weekend.
The presents included a bouquet of flowers; plaque of recognition; P10,000 in cash; and a manager’s check worth P24,000.
Kabankalan City Mayor Pedro Zayco and Vice Mayor Raul Rivera also gave a cake, medical supplies, vitamins, and groceries to Susano.
The birthday celebrant also received a wheelchair from the Provincial Health Office of Negros Occidental. This is on top of another wheelchair, vitamins, face shields, dusters, and blankets given by a team from the Department of Health headed by Dr. Elizabeth Altamira.
Currently, Kane Tanaka of Japan holds the record as the world’s oldest living person at the age of 118 as he was born on 1903./DGB, WDJ