By Jel Santos
The local government of Makati City on Monday started the distribution of mid-year cash gift for the 81,298 residents who are Blu Card holders.
Mayor Abigail Binay said the Elderly Welfare Section of the Makati Social Welfare Department (MSWD) will be distributing the cash gifts on scheduled dates from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in each barangay until July 3, 2018.
Binay directed the said office to ensure that the distribution is done in an orderly and efficient manner for the convenience of the beneficiaries.
The yearly cash gift is given in two equal installments every June and December and varies according to specific age groups: P3,000 for those aged 60 to 69 years old, P4,000 for 70 to 79 years old, and P5,000 for those aged 80 and above. Thus, the first age group this June will receive P1,500, the second group, P2,000, and the third group, P2,500.
The city has allocated P330.1 million this year for the cash gift and centenarian incentive under the Blu Card Program.
The cash gift distribution today will be held from 9am to 3m in Brgys. Southside and Guadalupe Viejo at their respective barangay halls, and in Brgys. La Paz, South Cembo and Comembo at their respective covered courts.
From June 19 to 20, Tuesday and Wednesday, cash gift distribution will be done at the barangay hall of Brgy. Bangkal and at the covered court of Brgy. Olympia.
Blu cardholders of Barangays Southside, Guadalupe Viejo, La Paz, South Cembo, Comembo, Bangkal and Olympia who will not be able to claim their cash gift on scheduled dates can get them on June 21, Thursday, at the lobby of Makati City Hall Building II.
From June 22 to 23, Friday and Saturday, cash gift distribution will take place at the barangay hall of Brgy. Rizal. For Brgy. Pio del Pilar, the distribution will be from June 22 (Ben Harrison’s St./Parada covered court) to June 23 (San Isidro National High School). On June 23 only, Blu Card holders of Brgys. Pitogo, San Isidro and Sta. Cruz can get their cash gift at their respective barangay halls.
On June 25, distribution will be done at the barangay hall of Barangay Kasilawan. For Barangay Pembo, distribution will be from June 25 to June 26 at their covered court. On June 26 only,
Blu Card holders of Barangays Valenzuela and Carmona get their cash gift at their covered courts, while beneficiaries of Barangay Northside can claim theirs at Makati City Hall Building II.
From June 27 to 28, cash gift distribution will take place at the barangay hall of Barangay Cembo and at the covered court of Barangay West Rembo.
From June 29 to 30, Friday and Saturday, cash gift distribution will be done at the covered courts of Brgys. Guadalupe Nuevo and Palanan. Beneficiaries of Barangay East Rembo (covered court) and Tejeros (Elderly Health Care Office at H. Santos St.) can claim their cash gift on June 30 and July 2, Monday.
On July 3, Tuesday, BLU Card holders from Brgys. Singkamas and Pinagkaisahan can claim their cash gift at their respective barangay halls.
Beneficiaries who are unable to come in person can send their duly authorized representative, whose name appears at the back of the BLU Card, to the Cash Division at the 3rd floor of Makati City Hall. The representative should be able to present a medical certificate as proof of the beneficiaries’ condition, whether bedridden, disabled or confined in a hospital.
Authorization forms are available at the MSWD office at the fifth floor of Makati City Hall main.
Meantime, senior citizens who are out-of-town or abroad during the distribution of the cash gifts are not entitled to claim the said benefit, and authorization presented by a representative will not be honored by the Cash Division.