CSWDO releases P2.202Mpension to senior citizens PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 July 2012 14:12

The city government through the City Social Welfare and Development Office released last Tuesday the total amount of P2,202,000.00 representing the second quarter pension of 1,468 senior citizens mostly coming from the barangays within the city proper.

City Social Welfare and Development Officer Francisco Barredo announced this yesterday, saying that the pension was released individually by his office to the senior citizens at P1,500 each as payment for their pension of P500 each monthly for the second quarter of this year.

Barredo, however, said that funds for the purpose came from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and were coursed only through the city government.

He said senior citizens from far-flung village like those in Manicahan and Culianan received their pension yesterday, while those in Ayala, Vitali and Curuan will receive their pension today and still others in the coming days.

Barredo clarified that all senior citizens aged 77 years and above (and alive) are entitled to the P500/monthly pension (to be released quarterly) from the DSWD, provided they are not receiving any regular pensions like those from the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), the Social Security System (SSS) and other agencies.

Provided further the senior citizens were assessed and listed by the National Housing Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), a data bank and information management system that identified who and where the poor are in the Philippines.

However, Barredo said his office in coordination with DSWD is now in the process of updating the NHTS list of elderly pensioners in the city to accommodate those who were not previously included in the list.

In another development, Barredo, who is also the city’s Public Employment Office (PESO) manager, announced that the Crown Plaza Hotel in Kuwait had just recruited through PESO 50 job seekers from Zamboanga City to work as service crew, receptionists, waitresses and janitors in the said hotel.

The Maritime Service Company, he added, is also seeking the assistance of PESO in recruiting additional manpower. — Vic Larato