SOME 161,258 indigent senior citizens in Region 1 are set to receive P3,000 stipend each for the first semester of calendar year 2020 being distributed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO1).
According to DSWD FO1, the towns and cities that completed their emergency subsidy program payout under the Social Amelioration Program in the first week of May immediately started distributing cash aid to social pensioners.
Pangasinan has 81,381 beneficiaries and 19, 245 beneficiaries have been paid at presstime.
The top five towns/cities in Pangasinan with the highest number of beneficiaries are: Dagupan City (5,089), Malasiqui (4,883), San Carlos City (4,873), Bolinao (3,180) and Urdaneta City (3,323).
To date, there are already 32,326 beneficiaries served in Region 1 or 20 percent of the total target.
DSWD Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes Castillo said the Field Office, in partnership with the 125 LGUs in Region 1, is expediting the efficient payout of the social pension to augment the daily needs of the vulnerable senior citizens particularly in this community quarantine.
The Social Pension or SocPen is a program under Republic Act No. 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 which provides monthly stipend amounting to P500 to indigent senior citizens to augment their daily subsistence, medical needs, among others.
The law states that only seniors qualified to receive social pension are those who are frail, sickly, or with disability; without any pension from other government agencies; and without a permanent source of income or source of financial assistance/compensation to support their basic needs. (PhilStar Wire Service/ECV)
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