‎Find out how much Makati spends for free movie tickets of seniors, disabled

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One of the hallmarks of Makati City is how it looks after its residents’ welfare, specifically perks for its seniors and hanidcapped. One of these perks is free movie passes.

Mayor Abby Binay reported Sunday that her government shelled out ‎ P7,090,613.05 to five cinemas in the city for movie tickets issued for free to senior citizens and Persons with Disability (PWD) oduring the first quarter of the year.

In a reportn Accounting Department officer-in-charge William Dayrit said for the first quarter of 2017, the city paid P6,604,171.27 for movie tickets of senior citizens and P486,441.78 for PWD.

The amounts represent the 25-percent share of the city government of the cost of movie tickets used under its free movies program being implemented in partnership with cinema owners in the city.

Mayor Abby acknowledged the support of the city’s partners, which include ALI Commercial Center, Inc. for Glorietta and Greenbelt cinemas, Rockwell Land Corporation for Power Plant cinemas, Century City Development Corporation for Century City Mall cinemas, Willimson, Inc. for Waltermart cinemas, and Adebe Realty Company, Inc. for Cash and Carry cinemas.

“The city government is very grateful to our program partners for sharing our commitment to raising the quality of life of elderly and PWD Makatizens in every way possible. We thank you for your consistent support to this program which has given priceless joy to our beneficiaries for several years now,” she said.

The program entitles some 77,685 senior citizens and 8,110 registered PWDs of Makati to free admission in any of the previously mentioned cinemas.

The free movies benefit for the elderly started in 1997 with the passage of City Ordinance No. 97-085 appropriating P500,000 as the 25-percent share of the city in cinema admission costs for senior citizens.

The program was institutionalized almost three years later through City Ordinance No. 2001-035 granting the inclusion of appropriations in the annual City Executive Budget for its continuous implementation in succeeding years.

In 2006, the said perk was also granted to registered PWDs of Makati through the enactment of City Ordinance No. 2006-066.

This year, the city government has allocated P35 million for the movie tickets of senior citizens and P4 million for PWDs.