ON top of the recognition, a party-list solon is pushing for a monetary reward to a Filipina for becoming the world’s oldest living person.
Senior Citizens Party-list Representative Rodolfo Ordanes filed House Resolution 2207 urging the House of Representatives to grant Francisca Susano P1 million cash gift for being an example of resilience not just in the Philippines but in the entire world.
Susano just celebrated her 124th birthday on September 11, giving her the distinction as the oldest living person on the country and in the world. She is a native of Kabankalan, Negros Occidental.
“She showcased the resilience of the Filipinos against adversity and our ability to overcome and surpass the limitations,” Ordanes said in his resolution.
The mother of 14, Susano has widened the gap between her and the second oldest living person in the world Kane Tanaka of Japan who was born on January 2, 1903.
The oldest person who ever lived was Jeanne Calment of France who was 122 years and 164 days old when she passed away in 1997.
Reports said that the Guinness World Records Organization already received the application and supporting documents that would pave the way for Lola Francisca’s recognition as the World’s Oldest Living person.
Ordabes offered the resources of the Senior Citizens party-list to expedite the process.
“Dapat nating ituring na pambansang yaman ang mga gaya ni Lola Francisca Susano. Nasaksihan niya ang mahahalagang yugto sa kasaysayan ng ating bansa sa nagdaang mahigit isang siglo. Mas matanda pa nga siya kaysa sa deklarasyon ng Kalayaan ng Pilipinas mula sa Espanya,” the chair of the House Committee on Senior Citizens said.
The solon said Susano deserved to be given monetary reward as recognition of her monumental achievement and to help her and her family in their daily expenses and improve their wellbeing, especially during this pandemic.
Ordanes said he is hopeful that the House plenary will be able to approve his resolution this 3rd regular session of the 18th Congress.