Most indigent seniors of Palawan already covered by pension, DSWD says

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) estimates that about 80 of the province’s senior citizens who are indigent are already being covered by the government’s social pension programs.

Gina Bacosa, DSWD Social Welfare and Development Team Leader, said under the DSWD’s social pension program, where indigent senior citizens are given monthly stipends of P500, they have already 62,529 beneficiaries covering nearly all of the province’s 23 municipalities.

She noted that some municipalities including Puerto Princesa City also provide social pension to its indigents amounting to P250 a month, but DSWD is aiming to eventually cover the entire province under its Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens (SPISC).

“Actually konti na lang naman ang hindi pa natin nacocover. Almost lahat ng munisipyo marami na tayong nabenepisyuhan maliban doon sa iilan na totally saturated na. May slots naman tayong binibigay pero hindi sapat,” Bacosa said.

She added that their guidelines have also been adopted by some local government units in dispensing its social pension programs.

Also, pensioners of Social Security System (SSS) and Government Security and Insurance System (GSIS) are not qualified to avail local social pension or social pension.

“Nasa local pension lang sila dahil hindi sila naaccomodate sa national. But, probably na ang guidelines ni national ay naadopt din sa ibang munisipyo kung saan kapag may trabaho ka ay hindi ka qualified or pensioner ka ng other agencies,” Bacosa added.

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