Over 160,000 indigent elders get social pension for 2020

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Jan. 13 -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office Caraga has served 168,163 qualified social pension beneficiaries for 2020 amid the threats and challenges brought about by the dreadful coronavirus pandemic.

The Field Office has disbursed P983,223,000 as of December 29, 2020 and distributed to 37,879 senior citizens in Agusan del Norte; 42, 897 in Agusan del Sur; 42,215 in Surigao del Sur; 33, 348 in Surigao del Norte; and 11,824 in the province of Dinagat Islands.

For 2020 the agency has a target of 170,000 beneficiaries. About 3,957 individuals were disqualified after having been found to be deceased; have transferred of residency or beneficiary has not been located; already has pension; or received family support, etc.

DSWD Caraga assured adherence to safety and health protocols during the conduct of the payouts to lessen the exposure of the beneficiaries and personnel to the coronavirus disease.

The Social Pension Program is a government assistance of P500.00 monthly stipend distributed per semester, amounting to P3,000 for the first semester (January-June) and another P3,000 for the second semester (July-December) which will be distributed in the municipality/city on a specific date scheduled by DSWD in coordination with the local government unit.

Furthermore, qualified senior citizens in this program are those 60 years old and above who are; frail, sickly or with disability, no regular pension from government (Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Social Security System (SSS), Phil. Veterans Affairs (PVAO), Armed Forces and Police Mutual Benefit Association, Inc.), no permanent source of income, and no regular support from the family or relatives. (DSWD-Caraga/PIA-Surigao del Norte)




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