Makati to release mid-year cash gift for senior citizens starting June 10
Makati Mayor Abby Binay has announced that the distribution of mid-year cash gifts for the city’s 84,111 Blu Card holders will start on June 10.
The mayor said the Elderly Welfare Section of the Makati Social Welfare Department will conduct the distribution on scheduled dates from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in each barangay until July 15, 2019.
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, 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.
For 2019, the city has allocated P533 million for the cash gift and centenarian incentive under the Blu Card Program.
The standard mode of distribution of the cash gift is in cash. However, Blu Card holders have the option to receive their cash gift either in cash or check, subject to certain guidelines.
On June 10, Blu Card holders of Barangay Magallanes can claim their cash gift at their barangay hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., while beneficiaries from Barangay Northside can get their cash gift at the lobby of Makati City Hall Building II.
For beneficiaries from Barangay Olympia, distribution will be done from June 10 to 11 at the lobby of Makati City Hall Building II. On June 11, beneficiaries from Barangay La Paz can get theirs at their covered court.
On June 13, Blu Card holders of Barangay Bel-Air can claim their cash gift at their barangay hall, while distribution for those from Barangay Valenzuela will be done at the lobby of Makati City Hall Building II also from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
On June 14, cash gift distribution will be done at the respective barangay halls of Barangays Dasmariñas and Forbes Park.
Blu Card holders of Barangays Poblacion and Guadalupe Nuevo can get their cash gift at their respective covered courts on June 15 and 17.
On June 18, beneficiaries from Barangay Pitogo can claim their cash gift at the South Cembo covered court. Blu Card holders of Barangay South Cembo can get theirs at their covered court on June 19.
On June 20, distribution will take place at the covered court of Barangay Sta. Cruz. Recipients from Barangay Southside can claim theirs at the Palar open court on June 21.
For Barangay Bangkal, cash gift distribution will be on June 22 at Bangkal Elementary School, and on June 24 at the barangay hall.
From June 25 to 26, cash gift distribution will take place in front of the barangay hall of Barangay Palanan. On June 26, Blu Card holders of Brarangay Carmona can get their cash gift at their covered court.
From June 27 to 28, cash gift distribution will be done at the open court of Barangay West Rembo. On June 28 only, beneficiaries from Barangay San Antonio can claim theirs at the La Paz covered court.
On June 29 and July 1, distribution will take place at the barangay hall of Barangay Rizal.
From July 2 to 3, distribution will be done at the barangay hall of Barangay Cembo. On July 3, Blu Card holders of Barangay Urdaneta can get theirs at their barangay hall.
On July 4, beneficiaries from Barangay Kasilawan can claim their cash gift at Mendoza Street corner Cagayan Street. For Barangay Tejeros, distribution will be from July 4 at Makati Homes 1, to July 5 at H. Santos Street Parking Area. On July 5, distribution will be done for beneficiaries of Barangay Guadalupe Viejo at their barangay hall.
For Barangay Pio del Pilar, distribution will be on July 6 at the San Isidro National High School, and on July 8 at Ben Harrison’s Street or Parada covered court. On July 9, Blu Card holders of Barangay. Pinagkaisahan can get their cash gift at their barangay hall.
From July 10 to 11, cash gift distribution will be done at the covered court of Barangay East Rembo. On July 11, distribution will take place at the barangay hall of Barangay Comembo.
On July 12, cash gift distribution will be done at the covered court of Barangay San Isidro and at the barangay hall of Barangay San Lorenzo.
On July 13, distribution will be done at the open court of Barangay Singkamas. For Barangay Pembo, distribution will be on July 13 and July 15 at their covered court.
In claiming the cash gift, 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 third 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 on the fifth floor of Makati City Hall main.
On the other hand, senior citizens who are out-of-town or abroad during the distribution of the cash gifts are not entitled to claim the benefit, and authorization presented by a representative will not be honored by the Cash Division.
The Blu Card holder or his or her designated beneficiary shall be given five working days to claim the cash gift. In case the cash gift is not claimed during the scheduled distribution in the barangay, the Blu Card holder or designated beneficiary may claim it at the Cash Division. If not claimed within the given period of time, it will be reverted to the general fund and deemed forfeited.
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