Issue of September 29, 2019
     
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74k seniors qualified to receive DSWD pension of P500/month
by Nerizza Faye G. Villanueva

The Department of Social Welfare and Development through its Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens (Social Pension) has identified 74,101 senior citizens eligible to receive the stipend of P500 a month stipulated in Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 as of Sept. 11.

This is out of the 85,047 target social pensioners in the region.

“Earlier this year, we have started the validation of our social pensioners. Our personnel conducted one on one validation to the senior citizens,” OIC Regional Director Leo L. Quintilla said.

The result of the validation was forwarded to the DSWD central office for cross-matching with other pension-providing institutions.

Department Memorandum Circular 4, s. 2019 reiterates that only senior citizens who are frail, sickly, or with disability and does not receive pension from the Government Service Insurance System, Social Security System, Armed Forces and Police Mutual Benefits Association, Inc., the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office, and other insurance institutions are qualified for the program.

Senior citizens who do not receive any regular support from family/relatives or do not have a permanent source of income are also considered for the program.

A total of 59,822 social pensioners have already received their stipend for the 2nd quarter of 2019.

Social pensioners who did not receive their stipend due to various reasons can still claim their stipends during the scheduled 2nd semester payout in their respective municipalities. Those who are still for validation need to wait for the result which will be downloaded by the Central Office.

DSWD-Cordillera is also working closely with the central office on the additional funds for the payment of the 4th quarter of 2018 grant of around 19,000 social pensioners in the region.

Concerns on the Social Pension Program may be directed to the DSWD office at 40 North Drive, Baguio City or through 661-0430 or www.facebook.com/dswdfocar.

 
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