Senior citizens may now apply for DSWD’s Social Pension Program PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 July 2016 13:23

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has announced that indigent senior citizens may now apply for DSWD’s Social Pension Program.

Lei Madeline Espiritusanto, DSWD 9 information officer, said that  senior citizens may now apply at their respective local social welfare and development office or at the Office of the Senior Citizens Affair (OSCA).

Eligible to apply are the following: Indigent senior citizens, 60 years old and above; those senior citizens not receiving any pension from the Social Security System or the Government Service Insurance System; they must bring their Senior Citizen identification card; and certificate of indigency.

Social workers in the area will assess their application and if they qualify, they will be endorsed to the DSWD 9 office for final approval.

However, those who will qualify will remain in the waitlist. They will have to wait till such time there will be replacement which happens by death or delisting of old senior citizen.

“When the program covered 60 years old they do not yet have the additional slots,” Espiritusanto said.

The office will also have to assess and make sure that the most vulnerable senior citizen will be prioritized in the program. In the program, the senior citizen receives P1,500 per quarter where the senior citizen or his or her authorized representative claim the money thru their local government units.

The money is expected to be used to care for the senior citizen which includes food and medications.

At present, the office has 81,251 beneficiaries under the DSWD’s Social Pension Program aged 65 years old and above. The fund for these current beneficiaries are included in the 2016 General Appropriation Act amounting to P487,506,000.

The communication sent by DSWD central office to DSWD 9 to include senior citizens 60 years old in the program arrived the office last January 2016. --R.G. A A. Go