by Rizal S. Obanil
The city government of Makati started distributing the additional year-end P500 cash gift to 75,565 qualified BLU card holders or senior citizens yesterday.
“We hope that the additional allowance will help our senior citizens cope better with the troubles of aging. Since the city government already provides them monthly supply of maintenance medicines, free hospitalization and other medical services, they could use the extra money for their other needs,” Mayor Abby Binay said.
Under the City Ordinance (C.O.) No. 2016-A-043 allowed the granting of P1,000 as annual cash gift which is given in two tranches.
BLU card holders aged 60-69 will now a total annual cash gift of P3,000, while those aged 70-79 will receive P4,000 and those 80 and above will be receive P5,000.
The distribution of the cash gifts will continue in different venues until all of the beneficiaries receive their gifts.