A total of P8, 255,820,000 has been set aside by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the social pension fund of 1,375,970 senior citizens, the target beneficiaries.
DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo on Friday said the allocation of over P8 billion for the department’s Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens (SocPen) covers the elderly who are frail, sickly, do not receive any pension and have no other source of income and support coming from their families.
Taguiwalo added that 54.20 percent or P4,243,330,500 of the allotment have been utilized for this year.
“Caring for the poor elderly is very important, and it is necessary to build a national consciousness that cares for the vulnerable, neglected and the oppressed sectors of society,” she said.
The SocPen provides quarterly stipend worth P500 each month, which stands as the government assistance for the daily living and medical needs of the beneficiaries.
Indigent senior citizens or their authorized representative must present their Office of Senior Citizen Affairs ID and birth certificate or any other document proving their date of birth to the nearest OSCA, City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office or DSWD Regional Office.
The authorized representative must also present his/her identification card and an authorization letter.
All potential beneficiaries will be assessed to ensure that they qualify for the program.
Actual served and fund utilization per quarter are as follow: 90.15 percent of beneficiaries and P1,759,786,500 for the 1st quarter; 84.95 percent of beneficiaries and P1,657,876,500 for the 2nd quarter; and 42.58 percent of beneficiaries and P825,667,500 for the 3rd quarter.
For the National Capital Region (NCR or Metro Manila), the total budget for SocPen amounts to P437,004,000 for 85,185 target beneficiaries.
As of September 30, 2016, some 54.29 percent or P237,258,000 of the NCR’s total budget have been utilized.
Around 84.23 percent of beneficiaries in the region were provided P92,022,000 for the 1st quarter; 79.82 percent of beneficiaries and P87,208,500 for the 2nd quarter; and 53.11 percent of beneficiaries and P58,027,500 for the 3rd quarter.
In Region I, SocPen’s budget is around P511,110,000 for 85,185 target beneficiaries.
As of September 30, 2016, 55.99 percent or P286,180,500 of the budget have been utilized.
A total of 98.91 percent of beneficiaries were given P121,564,500 for the 1st quarter; 72.43 percent of beneficiaries and P87,679,500 for the 2nd quarter; and 66.33 percent of beneficiaries and P76,936,500 for the 3rd quarter.
In the Cordillera Administrative Region, the total budget for SocPen amounts to P421,722,000 for 70,287 target beneficiaries.
As of September 30, 2016, 55.62 percent or P 234,559,500 of the budget have been utilized.
Around 97.37 percent of beneficiaries were handed out P102,661,500 for the first quarter; 81.82 percent of
beneficiaries and P86,263,500 for the 2nd quarter; and 43.28 percent of beneficiaries and P45,634,500 for the 3rd quarter.
For the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, the total budget for SocPen amounts to P426,522,000 for 71,087 target beneficiaries.
According to Taguiwalo, the DSWD aims “to reach out to as many indigent senior citizens as possible and provide them with this pension fund. We appeal to all our OSCAs, the local government units, and even ordinary citizens to help our indigent seniors to access DSWD’s services, even only the SocPen.”