TABUK CITY, Kalinga – The Department of Social Welfare and Development Cordillera has released the social pension of 6,049 senior citizens in the city.
Marydhel Lattot of the City Office on Senior Citizens Affairs said the pension aid released covers January to June at P500 per month. Each beneficiary received P3,000.
The DSWD team conducted the payout at the barangay level where beneficiaries personally received their cash aid.
The government under Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 provides P500 monthly social pension to members of the sector who have no other source of income to support their needs.
It is an instituinalized social protection to senior citizens by providing additional government assistance through Social Pension for indigent Senior Citizens to augment their daily subsistence and other medical needs of the beneficiaries, to reduce incidence of hunger among indigent senior citizens; and to protect indigent senior citizens from neglect, abuse, or deprivation.
Meanwhile, indigent senior citizens who are not listed in the DSWD program are subsidized by the city government.
Lattot said 1,800 beneficiaries receive the same financial assistance from the city government.
On top of this, qualified members are also provided livelihood support and mortuary aid by the city government.
Lattot said their office regularly updates the list of senior citizens for the convenience of beneficiaries during payouts. – Larry Lopez