MAKATI CITY – Makati City Mayor Abigail Binay visited the city’s two newest centenarians in their respective homes where she personally awarded a check amounting to P100,000 as cash gift and a plaque of recognition.
This is part of the city’s continued efforts to pay tribute to its elderly people.
Binay expressed pleasure at being able to meet Makati’s two newest centenarians, Esperanza Jacinto of Barangay Bangkal and Eugenio Palileo of Barangay Magallanes, who are the 28th and 29th centenarians during her administration.
“I will always be grateful for the chance to meet our centenarian Makatizens and be able to share some time with them. It is an honor to show them the city’s grateful appreciation for all their contributions to our progress,” she said.
Born on December 29, 1918, Jacinto married the late Francisco Jacinto, a musician, at the age of 17. They had seven children.
During her prime, Jacinto owned and managed a sari-sari store and a small ‘carinderia’ which, through her hard work, have flourished through the years. She has been a Blu Card member since August 7, 2002.
On the other hand, Palileo, born on December 14, 1918, graduated from the University of the Philippines School of Engineering. He landed 4th place in the board examination for engineers and earned his law degree in 1953.
During World War II, Palileo served as a first lieutenant of the United States Armed Forces in the Far East (USAFFE).
He was cited for his bravery for saving the lives of his fellow soldiers and was nominated for a Silver Star.
Following the war, he worked at the Development Bank of the Philippines as Chief Engineer/Appraiser. He worked there for 35 years heading various divisions including Industrial Engineering and Administration.
Palileo has been a Blu Card member since February 13, 2003.
Last January, a P100,000-check and a plaque of appreciation were also awarded to Braulio Sison of Barangay Dasmariñas, the 27th awardee under Binay’s term.
Sison was born on December 8, 1918, and is the second child in a brood of six. He has been a Blu Card member since November 6, 2009.
City Ordinance No. 2012-099 entitles Makati senior citizens and Blu Card holders to a one-time P100,000 cash gift upon reaching 100 years old. It serves as a tribute to their significant contributions and role in the history and development of the city.
The latest awardees were able to meet the criteria set by MSWD, the 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 to December of the current year; and 4) must be a Blu Card and White Card holder for at least five years.
To date, 54 Makati centenarians have been awarded the P100,000 cash gift since 2012 following the passage of the local decree.