CALOOCAN CITY, May 26 (PIA) -- A total of 3,209 Valenzuelano senior citizens from District 1 received their Social Pension (SocPen) on the first day of the payout on Monday, May 25.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) led the three-day distribution of the senior citizens' stipend for the first half of 2020 and their unpaid benefits from 2019 in cooperation with the Valenzuela City's Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), the Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) and the City Treasurer's Office.
As mandated by Republic Act (R.A.) 9994 or the "Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010" and under the government's Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens (SPISC) Program, an indigent senior citizen is entitled to a monthly stipend of Php 500 or a total of Php 3,000 for the period of six months.
This amount is intended to augment a senior citizen's budget for daily provisions and medical needs. The stipend is given on a semestral basis, either in person, via cash card, or through door-to-door delivery. The stipend for the first half of the year may be distributed any day during the months of January to June, while the pension for the next half may be handed out any day during the months of July to December.
Considered in the program are indigent individual, 60 years old and above, are "frail, sickly or with disability, without pension (from the Social Security System or the Government Service Insurance System) or permanent source of income, compensation or financial assistance from his or her relatives to support his or her basic needs."
Senior citizens who are already recipients of pensions from other sources or those with working children are not eligible to receive emergency subsidy from the government's Social Amelioration Program (SAP) released sometime in April 2020.
Most of the beneficiaries of the SocPen Program expressed their gratitude to the government saying the amount they received will be mostly used to buy maintenance medicine or have the much needed medical check-ups.
As of May 26, the CSWDO has been able to release the social pension of 5,952 (or 79%) beneficiaries. Only 1,630 senior citizens have yet to collect their payout. (Valenzuela PIO/PIA-NCR)