Erlinda Taquiqui of DSWD said they are cross-matching senior citizens under the government’s social pension program to the database of the Social Security System, Government Service Insurance System, the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office, and Armed Forces and Police Mutual Benefit Association, Inc. or any other insurance company deleting automatically those appearing as active members in these entities, as well as those who already died.
Taquiqui said elderlies receiving social pension plan have to undergo validation to ensure that only eligible seniors will receive the monthly subsidy and that they are still alive.
Under the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010, qualified as beneficiaries of the social pension program are Filipinos who are 60 years old and above who are frail or with disability, no permanent source of income, and no regular support from family or relatives for their basic needs. They are entitled to monthly stipend of P500.
It can be recalled that there were complaints of senior citizens who are pensioners or who have children working here and abroad and yet are beneficiaries of the social pension program.
Taquiqui informed that DSWD has already released the 2019 first quarter payment of pensions to the first batch of social pensioners. Payment of second batch arrived but no payroll yet.
In another development, DSWD will distribute this month the remaining emergency shelter assistance to Typhoons Lawin and Ompong victims.
Taquiqui said those who will receive assistance are 37 beneficiaries from Tinglayan and 138 from Lubuagan whose houses were partially damaged during Typhoon Ompong.
Lawin victims to receive assistance are seven families from Lubuagan, 37 from Tinglayan and more than 30 families from Rizal. (JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga)
By Peter A. Balocnit