42nd centenarian feted
The Makati City government on Monday gave P100,000 cash gift to a single mother of four children named as the latest centenarian awardee in the city this year.
Mayor Abigail Binay personally visited Salvacion Fantonia, the city’s 42nd centenarian, at her home in Barangay West Rembo to award the check and a plaque of recognition as part of the city’s grateful tribute to its elderly citizens.
“I am honored to meet one of the oldest living pillars of our community. I consider it a rare privilege to be able to somehow express our gratitude and appreciation for our elderly residents, whose contributions to our progress are immeasurable,” Binay said.
Fantonia was born on June 22, 1917 in a family of 15 siblings. She became a widow in 1959, and as a single mother of four, raised and supported her children Loreto, Estrelita, Aurora, and Lily by doing laundry for others.
To make both ends meet, her eldest child, Loreto, helped her by selling pan de sal and newspapers and polishing shoes.
At present, Nanay Salvacion is in good health and can still walk with the help of a walker.
City Ordinance 2012-099 entitles Makati senior citizens who are Blu Card holders to a one-time P100,000 cash gift upon reaching 100 years old. It serves as a tribute for their significant contributions and role in the history and development of the city.
The latest awardee met the criteria set by Makati Social Welfare Department, the lead implementer of the Blu Card Program, as follows: 1) must be a Filipino citizen; 2) must be a bona fide 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.
Other privileges accorded to Makati seniors include unlimited free entrance to premier cinemas in Makati, free tours in Metro Manila and other parts of the country through “Lakbay Saya,” free salon and spa services, cakes on their birthday and golden wedding anniversary, free medical care/hospitalization, and free and subsidized medicines for maintenance and various illnesses.
Elders are also exempted from the city’s number coding scheme, and upon their death, their beneficiaries are entitled to P3,000 burial assistance.