THE Makati City government on Wednesday announced the release of P36.4 million in cash incentives to 21,245 Blu Card holders.
Mayor Abigail Binay said the first batch of recipients conveniently received their cash incentives because they have updated their GCash accounts.
“Prior to the release of the mid-year cash incentives, we announced the need to update their GCash accounts through our My Makati Facebook page. We did this to ensure that the account is under their name and other relevant information are accurate and complete,” she said.
The city opened the Proud Makatizen portal for the updating of the Blu Card holders’ GCash accounts from May 15 to 28, 2023.
Under the Blu Card program, registered senior citizens will receive their cash incentives twice a year—in June and December. For the mid-year, seniors 60-69 years old will receive P1,500; 70-79 years old, P2,000; 80-89 years old, P2,500; and 90-99 years old, P5,000.
Centenarians aged 101 and above will also receive P5,000 as mid-year cash incentive provided that they have been a Blu Card holder for at least five years. If not, the beneficiary will only be receiving P2,500 mid-year cash incentive.
Mayor Binay urged Blu Card holders without GCash accounts to set up their own account and keep it updated to be able to receive their benefits.
Those who already have a GCash account but have not yet updated it are advised to regularly visit My Makati Facebook page and wait for announcements on GCash account updates.
Since last year, the cash incentives have been directly sent to the GCash accounts of the recipients to ensure safe, convenient, and fast delivery of their mid-year gift.
On June 1, the city revived the free movies program for the Blu Card holders.
Senior citizens who are active Blu Card members and Makatizen Card holders only need to download their Makatizen Virtual Card at https://mymakatizencard.ph/virtualcard and have their Makatizen Virtual Card QR codes scanned by cinema partners to avail themselves of the free cinema tickets.
To date, there are 82,617 active Blu Card holders in the city.