May 27, 2024

BONTOC, Mountain Province – Due to the increasing number of queries regarding the qualifications for the Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens (SPISC) Program, the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office relayed only indigent senior citizens are qualified to receive the social pension.

During the Municipal Peace and Order Council meeting on April 17 in Barangay Talubin, elected officials and Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer Aracelli Shane Bayanos solicited the support of barangay officials and other members of the council to help in the dissemination of the eligibility criteria in the implementation of the SPISC Program.

Bayanos said based on DSWD Memorandum Circular 4, s. 2019, senior citizens 60 years old and above, those who are frail, sickly or with a disability; without any pension from the Government Service Insurance System, Social Security System, Philippine Veterans Affairs Office, Armed Forces and Mutual Benefit Association Incorporated, or any other private insurance company; without a permanent source of income; and no regular support from family or relatives for his/her basic needs are qualified.

Senior citizens who are beneficiaries of the social pension program of the DSWD are now entitled to receive a P1,000 monthly stipend.

Their pension is on a semestral basis with a total amount of P6,000 per payout. – Alpine K. Malwagay