SAN FERNANDO CITY, Dec. 10 (PIA) -- After a thorough validation and screening, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 1 is already paying out social pension for qualified indigent senior citizens in Region 1.
They will be receiving P500 monthly for a total of P6,000 for the whole 2019.
This was announced by Social Welfare Officer IV Clarivel Banzuela, head of the Community Based Services Section of the DSWD 1, during the barangay forum initiated by the Philippine Information Agency La Union. It was attended by all the 59 presidents and representatives of Barangay Senior Citizen Associations in San Fernando City.
For 2019, a total of 191,377 indigent senior citizens are target beneficiaries in the region of which 1,688 are from San Fernando City.
"In as much as we would like to provide the said pension to all needy senior citizens, the budget for the program is very limited, thus we need to screen rightful beneficiaries of the said social pension," Banzuela said.
"This Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens Program will now be received by a beneficiary on a semestral basis as compared to a quarterly basis before and received either through a designated special disbursing officer from the DSWD, door-to-door delivery, or cash card," Banzuela said.
DSWD handles the implementation of Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.
RA 9994 defines indigent senior citizens as "an elderly who is frail, sickly or with a disability, and without pension or permanent source of income, compensation, or financial assistance from his/her relatives to support his/her basic needs, as determined by the DSWD."
According to the Department of Budget and Management, a total of 23 billion pesos have been allocated this year from the national budget for the Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens. (JCR/JND/JDS/PIA-1 La Union)