MAKATI City Mayor Abby Binay personally awarded a check for P100,000, a plaque of recognition and a bouquet of flowers to each of the two newest Makati centenarians, as part of the city’s grateful tribute to its elderly citizens.
The mayor visited Mrs. Mamerta A. Aquino of Bgy. Cembo and Mrs. Cipriana J. Caballero of Bgy. Bel-Air in their homes on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
“It is always an honor to meet our beloved Makatizens who have been around for a century now. That is why I make it a point to visit them personally to be able to convey to them how grateful we are for all their contributions to our city’s progress and development,” Mayor Abby said.
The mayor was accompanied by Vice Mayor Monique Lagdameo and other city and barangay officials during the home visits to the 25th and 26th centenarians feted during her term.
Mrs. Aquino was born on May 11, 1918. She was married to Vivencio Aquino and had six children who are all retired professionals.
Mrs. Caballero was born on September 21, 1917. She finished a degree in teaching and was married to Carlomagno Caballero, a chief chemist. They had three children who are all professionals. To date, she has six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The latest awardees were able to meet the criteria set by the Makati Social Welfare Department (MSWD), lead implementer of the Blu Card Program, as follows: 1) must be a Filipino citizen; 2) must be a bonafide resident of Makati; 3) must have reached 100 years old between January and December of the current year; and 4) must be a Blu Card and White Card holder for at least five years.
To date, 51 Makati centenarians have been awarded the P100,000 cash gift since 2012 following the passage of City Ordinance No. 2012-099.