Erap awards centenarians in Manila with P100,000

The Daily Tribune | Written by PNA  | April 6, 2016

Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada has awarded centenarians in Manila with P100,000 cash gift each in recognition of their priceless contributions to the city.
The latest to receive the cash gift were Leopolda “Polding” Robble, 103 and Natividad “Nati” Martinez, 100, who were accompanied by their families when they were invited by Estrada to his office.
Estrada personally handed the checks to Lola Polding and Lola Nati.
Robble, born on Nov. 19, 1912, is from Barangay 753 in Singalong while Natividad is from Barangay 860 in District 6. She was born on Sept. 8, 1915.
The P100,000 cash gift to the city’s living centenarians, or those that have reached 100 years of age, was made possible through Resolution 131 approved by the city council only last March 17, which authorized the release of P1.1 million from the Special Activity Fund to finance the cash award program.
Lola Polding and Lola Nati were the 12th and 13th living centenarians in Manila to receive the P100,000 cash gift. The remaining four are scheduled to receive theirs in the coming days, according to Herminia Salonga, officer-in-charge of the Office of the Senior Citizen’s Affairs.
Manila has 17 surviving centenarians, eight are males. All in all, there are about 150,000 registered senior citizens in Manila.
Aside from the P100,000 cash, every centenarian receives P10,000 each during the yearly celebration of Araw ng Maynila on June 24.
Senior citizens in Manila enjoy free medical checkups, hospitalization, medicines and other healthcare services from the six city-run public hospitals and 59 community health centers. They also receive P500 cash gift on their birthdays. This year, the city government has set aside P30 million for this purpose. Manila’s elderly can also watch movies for free on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in any movie houses in the city.