The Palawan Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) reported that the provincial government has already distributed around PHP2-million to 1,360 senior citizens in the southern part of the province under the Local Social Pension (LSP) program.
All recipients were from seven municipalities in southern Palawan, according to Helen Bundal of the PSWDO.
She reported that the amount was mostly distributed by Governor Jose Alvarez, whose administration, at the onset, made it clear to support the elderly in Palawan.
The distributions were made on separate occasions in the first quarter of the year during the conduct of Baragatan sa Barangay in Aborlan, Narra, Brooke’s Point, Sofronio Española, Quezon, Bataraza, and Rizal.
Each beneficiary, she said, received a total pension of PHP1,500 for six months.
The LSP is provided indigent senior citizens, who are between the ages 73-76.
Bundal said the program is the provincial government’s respond to Republic Act 9994, or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.
The law aims to provide support to the daily needs of the elderlies, particularly food and medicine.
With distributions completed in southern Palawan, she said the senior citizens in northern Palawan will come next through the Baragatan sa Palawan.
In related news, Bundal also reported that over 25 women in the northern town of Roxas gathered on March 25 to celebrate the Women’s Month with Disability Day with the theme “Juanang may kapansanan, kapasyahan mo ay mahalaga sa bayan.”
Bundal said the PSWDO participated by giving lectures regarding Republic Act 9442, or the Amendment of R.A. 7277 popularly known as the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons.
The law states the privileges and incentives that should be accorded to people with disabilities, including the 20% discount in hospital expenses and medicines. It also includes provisions about abuse of people with disabilities. (PNA)
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