The University of Baguio, through its supportive administration, is the first identified mega - site under the Baguio City's Vaccination Action Plan. On Monday, it also hosted the first vaccination simulation program led by the City Health Services Office. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Mayor Benjamin Magalong assures the city government's readiness with Vaccination Action Plan and Operation Center and enough manpower in place. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Higher Education Institutions offering medicine and allied health programs may now open limited face-to-face classes according to Commission on Higher Education - CAR Director Danilo Bose (second left). (SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)

BFAR-CAR Regional Director Lilibeth Signey turned over solar-powered venturi aeration system to the fisherfolks in Barangay Santa Filomena in Calanasan to officials led by Sangguniang Bayan Member Kyle Mariah Bulut, Municipal Agriculturist Luisa Magna and fisherfolk Loreto Asuncion. BFAR-CAR photos

The Big Kettle is a new come on of the Polig's Berry Farm in Ambassador, Tublay in Benguet. It is one of the tourist attractions opened even during the General Community Quarantine. (photo courtesy of the Polig's Berry Farm)

DSWD conducts SocPen payout to 96K indigent senior citizens in CAR

BAGUIO CITY, Feb. 18 (PIA) - -  The Department of Social Welfare and Development - Field Office Cordillera (DSWD - FOCAR) is currently conducting payout   of  the  first semester 2021 social pension of  indigent senior citizens in the region.


DSWD FOCAR is releasing the six months pension of   96,539 the senior citizens with total allocation of P579.23 million.  Each beneficiary will receive P3, 000   as social pension for January to June 2021 at P500 monthly.    

 Abra has the most number of   pensioners with 22,456; followed by Benguet with 20,605; Ifugao with 15,155; Kalinga with 15,101; Apayao with 10,609; Mountain Province with 9,834 and Baguio City with 2,799.

The  target  is to  finish  the payout by March,  so the main challenge is  to bring  the payout to the areas that  are  on granular lockdown due to the Coronavirus disease, DSWD FOCAR Assistant Regional Director for Operations Amelyn Cabrera  said in  a Kapihan media forum here.  

DSWD FOCAR Regional Director Leo Quintilla with Asst. Regional Director for Administration Enrique Gascon, in the PIA Cordillera led Kapihan sa Baguio media florum give updates of DSWD programs and services, as well as COVID - 19 response actions. (CCD/PIA CAR)

DSWD FOCAR Regional Director Leo Quintilla assured that along with the continuing delivery of the department’s regular programs and services, they will continue with their intensified effort to support the local government units and the COVID - affected population especially the marginalized, the senior citizens and the special sector.  

 Quintilla assured that they are also after the health and safety of their personnel who are frontliners, and they are now working on the inventory of their priority list for the COVID – 19 vaccination.

He added that they are getting   involved in the   information dissemination about the vaccination.  When armed with the right information about the COVID – 19 vaccination program, DSWD FOCAR personnel can also share this information to the communities they work on, he said.  (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)

By Carlito C. Dar

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