- The DSWD released over P5 billion for the monthly stipend of senior citizens
- 1,368,941 senior citizens benefitted from the department’s Social Pension Program
- The SPP provides that indigent senior citizens aged 60 years old and above should receive P500 in cash assistance a month
The Department of Social Welfare and Development has released over P5 billion for the monthly stipends of more than 1 million indigent senior citizens.
Rainier Allan Ronda of Philstar wrote that according to the Social Welfare department, 1,368,941 senior citizens have benefited from its Social Pension Program.
As of the month of June, the DSWD had released a total of P5,034,219,741.43 cash stipends.
Qualified for the department’s SPP are senior citizens who have no permanent source of income, frail, sickly or with disabilities as well as those who do not receive pension from the Social Security System, Government Service Insurance System or Philippine Veterans Affairs Office.
DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said the SPP provides that indigent senior citizens aged 60 years old and above should receive P500 in cash assistance a month. The beneficiaries receive their pension every quarter.
The pension are received by the beneficiaries in three different payout modes: fund transfer to local government units, door-to-door delivery in partnership with the Philippine Postal Corporation and the Philippine Veterans Bank,
“Ang mga nakatatanda sa ating panahon ang isa sa mga pinaka-bulnerableng sektor sa lipunan. Dumarami ang bilang ng napababayaan at nangangailangang magsikap mag-isa upang mabuhay kahit na ang ilan sa kanila ay nasa dapithapon na ng kanilang buhay.
[The elderly in our time is one of the most vulnerable sectors of our society. The number of those who are being neglected and who need to work just to survive even in their advanced age continues to increase.]
“Hinihikayat ko po ang ating mga senior citizens at ang kanilang mga anak na nag-a-assist sa kanila na dumulog sa aming tanggapan at ilapit ang kanilang mga pangangailangan. Tulungan ninyo po kami na kayo ay maabot,” Taguiwalo said.
[I urge our senior citizens and their children who assist them to approach our various offices nationwide for any assistance that they need. Help us reach you.]