Indigent seniors in E. Visayas received P65-M pension
May 12, 2022 - Thursday 6:05 PM by Kristine Casampol
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has distributed PHP65 million to indigent elders in Eastern Visayas as part of the government's social pension program.
Joshua Kempis, DSWD regional information officer, stated on Thursday, May 12, that the amount represents only the allotment for the first quarter of 2022 in the entire region.
As of May 10, 43,737 indigent senior citizens were receiving the social pension in the region. Leyte has at least 20,415 citizens, Biliran has 3,799, Samar has 6,027, Eastern Samar has 10,436, and Northern Samar has 3,060 citizens.
"Each senior citizen receives PHP500 monthly. The program seeks to augment our elderlies' daily subsistence and other medical. We urge the beneficiaries to coordinate with their local social welfare and development officers on the release schedule," Kempis said.
Those aged 60 and older who are sick, frail, or disabled and do not receive a pension from the Government Service Insurance System, Social Security System, Armed Forces and Police Mutual Benefit Association Inc., or other insurance firms can receive the grants.
Those without a stable source of income or regular assistance from relatives are also eligible.
The National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction identifies elderly beneficiaries, and the list of identified senior citizens is subsequently validated at the local level.
However, local government units accept applications for their benefit at the Office of Senior Citizens Affairs.
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