THREE qualified centenarians of Makati on Monday received cash gifts of P100,000 each from the city government.
The three lady centenarians were identified as Florentina Rabago of Barangay Cembo, Angelina Bayan of Brgy. Magallanes, and Felisa Atencia of Brgy. Pembo.
Rabago was born on February 27, 1914 and was married to the late Lt. Marcelino Rabago on April 24, 1938. They were blessed with six children—Benjamin, Adelaida, Abelardo, Fernando, Estrella and Aurora Ruth. She has been bedridden for some time now but is still in good health, according to family members.
Bayan was born on March 7, 1914. She was married to the late Atanacio Bayan and the couple was blessed with two children—Celia and Jaime. Bayan was a doctor, pharmacist and nutritionist by profession. She also authored several nutrition books. She served as chairman/president of the Food and Nutrition Research Foundation from 1986-2011.
She was regarded as a model of hard and honest work, commitment and discipline in scientific endeavors; a paragon of unwavering dedication to social causes especially pertaining to mothers and children; an exemplar of human qualities; an initiator of morale-boosting staff activities; and a leader in administering 40 locally and foreign-funded food and nutrition research/extension projects.
Atencia was born on January 14, 1914. She lives with her daughter Lina Del Rosario in Brgy. Pembo.
Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay said the three lady centenarians comprise the third batch of awardees of the program that was started in December 2012 through City Ordinance No. 2012- 099.
Binay likewise announced that starting this year, the awarding of the P100,000 cash gift to centenarians will be done quarterly instead of once a year.
“This is a gift they truly deserve for all their sacrifices and everything they have done for their families,” the mayor said.
Through the joint efforts of the Makati Social Welfare Department (MSWD) and the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA), the three senior citizens who turned 100 during the first quarter of the year were located.
The latest beneficiaries of the program were able to meet the criteria set by the MSWD, the lead implementer of the BLU Card Program.
To date, 12 centenarians have been awarded with the P100,000 one-time cash gift.