• Elderly get cash social pension

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    ILOILO CITY: Four local governments in Iloilo including the capital city here will serve as pilot test area for the door-to-door payout scheme of social pension starting tomorrow June 4, for the elderly 77 years old and above.

    Judith Marte, focal person for the Social Pension Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said that, her office and the Philippine Postal Corp. have recently signed an agreement for the delivery of pensions in cash amounting P1,180,500 to the beneficiary senior citizens in the pilot areas.

    The cash pensions will cover the period April, May and June 2013 at P500 per month or a total of P1,500 per beneficiary and will be pilot-tested for cash delivery through the PhilPost mailman for three months, from June to August 2013.

    Marte said the four pilot areas are Iloilo City with 329 beneficiaries for the social pension totaling P493,500 to be delivered on June 4 to 7, 2013; the municipality of Anilao, Iloilo with 154 beneficiaries, P231,000 to be delivered June 10 to 14, 2013; municipality of Calino, Iloilo with 226 beneficiaries, P339,000 to be delivered June 10-14, 2013; and in the municipality of Pavia, Iloilo with 78 beneficiaries, P117,000 to be delivered on June 10 to 14, 2013.

    Marte said that, Republic Act 994 provides for monthly stipend of P500 per month each senior citizens to be received every quarter of the year, will augment the daily subsistence and other medical needs of the indigent senior citizens.

    It is in line with the fulfillment of an obligation of the government to protect the most venerable sector through social protection and for the full implementation of the law.

    DSWD reported that the Social Pension Program in Western Visayas caters to 133 local governments with a registered 19,904 indigent senior citizens age 77 years old and above. The program has an annual allocation of P119,424,000.

    The beneficiaries aged 77 years and above are 2,365 in the province of Aklan; 2,256 in antique; 2,259 in Capiz; 742 in Guimaras; 7,386 in Iloilo including Iloilo City; and 4,525 in Negros Occidental including Bacolod City.

    The region has a population of 614,307 senior citizens aged 60 years old and above. The registered senior citizens are 49,325 in Aklan; 51,089 in Antique; 64,136 in Capiz; 14,447 in Guimaras; 171,774 in Iloilo; 187,403 in Negros Occidental, 35,405 in Iloilo City; and 40,728 in Bacolod City.

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