Thousands of indigent senior citizens in Dumaguete City trooped to the city high school gym to claim their social pensions, Tuesday, pursuant to the national law that provides additional benefits to those aged 60-years old and above.
Some 2, 335 indigent senior citizens received their quarterly social pension at P1,500 each.This is out of the 17,000- registered senior citizens of Dumaguete.
But those not receiving are seniors are those who receive support from their own families and children here or abroad.
The funding comes from the Department of Social Welfare and Development and distributed through the City Government of Dumaguete under Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs and the Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines.
Only eligible senior citizens are entitled to the social pension provided that they qualify under Republic Act No. 9994 “An Act Granting Additional Benefits to Senior Citizens” that include those without support from their family members, those who are not receiving any form of pension and who are sickly.
Pursuant to the law, those who are qualified shall receive P 500 per month in order to augment the financial capacity of the seniors to purchase food or maintenance drugs.
FSCAP President George Villamor hopes that there will be more beneficiaries next year. It should be noted that the program started in 2011 with just 31 beneficiaries but has grown to 2, 335 now in 2018.
Although DSWD would like to cover as many senior citizens possible, yet they are also gradually adding the number of beneficiaries in proportion to the approved budget provided that the seniors meet the requirements of the law.