MANILA, Philippines – Makati City has been named by the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA) as the “most retirement and aging-friendly” city in the country based on criteria from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Makati has the most number of foreign retirees from China, Japan, Korea, Europe and US. Most of them are now Filipino citizens while others have acquired dual citizenship.
Under WHO’s criteria, a city is considered “age-friendly” based on the number of establishments, transportation services, social participation and health services that cater to the elderly.
WHO also recognizes the bi-annual allowances provided to Makati’s senior citizens every June and December.
Senior citizens in the city also get birthday cakes, free haircut and salon treatments, free massage, funeral benefits and free movie tickets.
PRA also awarded Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay the “Best of Radar 2012” for the city’s retirement programs. -- report from Henry Atuelan, dzMM