Lawmaker wants ₱1M cash gift for oldest living Filipino

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 13) — Senior Citizens Party-list Rep. Rodolfo Ordanes on Monday urged the House of Representatives to grant 124-year-old Francisca Susano, the oldest living person in the Philippines and probably in the world, a ₱1-million cash gift.

In filing House Resolution No. 2207, Ordanes said the grant should be given in recognition of the supercentenarian's "monumental achievement" and to assist Susano and her family especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"In view of the honor that Mrs. Susano brings to our country and for inspiring every Filipino to strive and overcome old age, we should give her the proper recognition and aid she deserves," he said.

Susano was born in Kabankalan City in Negros Occidental on Sept. 11, 1897, before the country became independent from Spanish rule.

Ordanes said reaching such an age is an "unprecedented" feat, "especially considering the various economic, social, and health challenges that senior citizens face today."

The Guinness Organization is now verifying the documents needed for her to be officially declared as the world's oldest living person.