Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has signed an ordinance granting an P800 birthday gift for all senior citizens in the nation’s capital.

Domagoso signed Ordinance No. 8570 during a signing ceremony at the Bulwagang Katipunan at the Manila City Hall.

Joining the Mayor were Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan, Majority Floor Leader Joel Chua and members of the Manila City Council.

Domagoso said technology will be implemented in the distribution of these birthday gifts not only to show honesty but to also make it more convenient for senior citizens.

“If Makati can do it, why not Manila? I hope you don’t get a bad impression of me copying this. Ako naman, hindi mahihiya kapag nangongopya,” Domagoso said during the signing ceremony.

“Para sa kapakinabangan ng mga taga-Lungsod ng Maynila, hindi kami mahihiya mangopya (mula sa ibang lungsod). Basta sa mga estudyante, huwag mangopya,” he quipped.

Under Ordinance No. 8570, Manila residents who are at least 60 years old would be entitled to a birthday gift worth P800 to be given by the local government in cash.

“The city government shall appropriate funds therefore which shall be used for the above purposes mandated by this ordinance in the city’s annual budget, and every year thereafter,” the ordinance stated.

Domagoso said the ordinance would take effect in 2020.

(Photo by Rae Gerald Ferrer/MPIO)