Manila, Philippines – THE government has initiated a program that provides the Philippines’ indigent elderly cash assistance that they can count on in their twilight years.
Implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the government’s Social Pension Program provides a monthly stipend of P500 to indigent senior citizens as mandated by Republic Act 9994, the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010. The priority beneficiaries of the Social Pension are senior citizens 77 years old and above who are frail, sickly, and disabled; without a regular source of income and/or support from any member of the family; and not receiving other pension benefits from the government and private agencies.
As of August 31, 2012, the program had allotted over P1.2 billion for 185,914 senior citizens nationwide, of which 140, 699 were indigent senior citizens. The indigent senior citizens are identified through the DSWD’s National Household System.
The DSWD holds regular meetings with senior citizens’ groups, particularly the Confederation of Older Persons; Association of the Philippines and the Services for the Elderly, to address issues and concerns raised by seniors and to ensure that the program is implemented effectively and efficiently. The oldest recipient of the social pension is a 114-year-old lady who considers herself lucky because, at her age, she is still strong and she is a beneficiary of the Social Pension Program.
We congratulate the government of the Republic of the Philippines headed by President Benigno S. Aquino III and the Department of Social Welfare and Development headed by Secretary Corazon J. Soliman, Undersecretary for Policy and Plans Group Alicia R. Bala, Undersecretary for General Administration and Support Services Group Mateo G. Montaño, and Undersecretary for Operations and Programs Group Parisya H. Taradji in giving hope to the Filipino indigent seniors through its Social Pension Program. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!