On his 58th birthday on October 15, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Bautista led the distribution of social pension to more than 700 indigent senior citizens in Dinalupihan, Bataan.
The DSWD Field Office 3 (Central Luzon) reported that around 726 elderly are due to benefit from the government’s Social Pension (SocPen) for Indigent Senior Citizens Program.
The indigent senior citizens are set to receive their P3,000 stipend for the second semester of 2020 or from July to December.
The amount of social pension set to be distributed totals P2,178,000, the DSWD said.
In his virtual briefing on October 8, Bautista said so far, the DSWD has distributed P8.72 million worth of social pension to around 2, 907, 520 beneficiaries or 83 percent of the the 3.5 million indigent elderly targeted to receive the government pension.
For 2021, the DSWD is targeting to distribute social pension to around 3, 789,874 indigent senior citizens.
Republic Act No. 9994 or the “Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010” provides that seniors qualified to receive social pension are those who are frail, sickly or with disability; without any pension from other government agencies; and without a permanent source of income or source of financial assistance/compensation to support their basic needs.
However, the DSWD said senior citizens who are not included in the list, but are eligible can still appeal to the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA), their local governments and the nearest Field Office, which has jurisdiction over their areas, for assessment.
Under SocPen, which is provided for under RA 9994, qualified indigent senior citizens receive a monthly stipend of P500 to help augment their daily subsistence and other medical needs.
The social pension is distributed on a semestral basis at P3,000 per semester or P500 per month for six months.
Bautista also led the cash-for-work payout for 300 beneficiaries in Barangay Balagtas, Orion, Bataan under the DSWD’s Risk Resiliency Program for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation – Disaster Risk Reduction (RRP-CCAM-DRR).
According to the DSWD Field Office 3, the recipients were involved in the completion of the following projects from Sept. 21 to Oct 2: mangrove reforestation (60 beneficiaries), building nurseries (40 beneficiaries), and tree growing (200 beneficiaries).