EL NIDO, Palawan — Around 2,896 elderly residents here have received their social pension early from the welfare office of the municipal government for the months of January to June 2020.
Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) focal person Marfel Hermoso said each of the senior citizens each received P3,000 from the P6,000,000 national indigent social pension since May 20.
The social pensions were distributed in the barangays where the social pensioners are residing, she said.
On May 25, they were in the barangays of Maligaya, Corong-Corong, Masagana, and Villa Libertad to distribute to the senior citizens.
“Hopefully, matatapos na natin ito ngayon. Kaya kahit holiday ngayong araw ay sinikap namin na maibigay na sa kanila ang kanilang pensions para kahit papaano makatulong ito sa kanila lalo na ngayon na kailangan nila ng ayudang pinansyal,” Hermoso said.
Among the recipients of the social pension was 63-year-old Leonora Capistrano of Brgy. Maligaya, who expressed her gratitude, saying the amount would help get her the maintenance medicine she needs during the quarantine.
“Malaking tulong na rin talaga ito sa akin, at least medyo napaaga ang pagbibigay ng aming pension sa kabuuan. Taghirap pa naman ngayon dahil sa pandemic sana ma-okey na ang lahat at makausad na rin. Ipagpray natin na masolusyonan na itong problema sa COVID dahil kami din nahihirapan at hindi rin kami basta-basta makakalabas,” Capistrano said.