MANILA - Manila Mayor Isko Moreno on Thursday distributed P100,000 to centenarians in the capital in line with a national mandate that gives the cash gift to Filipinos who reach 100 years old.
Under the Centenarians Act of 2016, Filipinos are entitled to receive P100,000 from the government as soon as they reach a century in age.
“Kesa sila 'yung papupuntahin, kami na lang pupunta sa kanila,” Moreno told ABS-CBN News.
(Instead of them going to us, we will just go to them.)
The city government will also provide a P500 monthly allowance for Manila’s senior citizens, the mayor said. He recently signed an ordinance providing for such benefit.
About 168,000 Manileños aged 60 and above will receive debit cards where the stipend will be remitted, according to data from Manila's Office for Senior Citizen’s Affairs (OSCA).
The capital will spend P1.11 billion annually for the pension program, the (OSCA) document showed.
The ATM cards to be distributed for the allowance could also serve as senior citizen IDs for Manila residents, a document read.