Social pension fund launched in ComVal

Subscribe Now April 04, 2011 at 10:28pm

The local government unit of Compostela Valley province has launched today the Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens program during the Monday convocation program at the Capitol Grounds. Governor Arturo T. Uy led the launching together with the regional team of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) headed by its regional director Ester A. Versoza.

DSWD focal person on Social Pension Lorela M. Ramos said this is the first provincial launching activity for the program which will be followed by Davao Del Sur on April 6 in the towns of Kiblawan and Padada.

“Following the morning launch, we will proceed to Nabunturan proper for the payout of the monthly pension to 182 indigent senior citizens,” Ramos said, referring to the monthly social pension of P500 to given to each beneficiary which would total to P1,500 for the first quarter covering January to March.

The social pension addresses the clamor for social protection to the most vulnerable supports the full implementation of Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.

The provision of monthly stipend of P500 which took effect January this year, aims to augment the daily subsistence and other medical needs of indigent senior citizens, subject to review every two years by Congress in consultation with the DSWD.

For 2011, a total of P45.5 million will be disbursed in Davao Region to some 7,590 potential recipients having Davao Del Sur with the most number of beneficiaries of 2,202.

Davao Del Norte has 1,785 targeted beneficiaries, while Compostela Valley has 1,605; Davao Oriental, 1,450 and Davao City, 548.

Recipients who are indigent senior citizens were identified following the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) survey conducted earlier by DSWD.

The national budget for the social pension program for this year amounted to P870,996,000 covering some 145,166 beneficiaries, while CY 2012 targets the remaining 898,579 identified senior citizens as potential social pensioners to include the projected increase of senior citizens.

When Secretary Soliman was in Davao first week of March, she clarified that recipients for social pension program must be 75 years old or more, who are non-pensioners, and whose family is unable to provide regular support.

Soliman said that such pension shall be released every quarter by DSWD in coordination with the respective local government units and the Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA).

Meanwhile, the OSCA and the local social welfare offices shall ensure an updated Social Pension list in every barangay, municipality and city.

“Within the year, recipients will be issued an ATM Cash Card so that they can easily claim their pension anytime, anywhere, without having to wait for a payout schedule in their locality,” Ramos clarified.

In the meantime, qualified senior citizens will use the OSCA identification card while awaiting issuance of a Social Pension ID, she further said.


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