DSWD hopes to impact indigent elderly with increased social pension

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) hopes that the law increasing the social pension for indigent seniors will have a significant impact on the lives of its beneficiaries.

In accordance with Republic Act No. 11916, which went into effect last July 30, the monthly pension for qualified seniors under the government’s Indigent Seniors Social Pension Scheme will be increased from Php500 to Php1,000. PHP.

The social pension is granted to any elderly person, aged 60 and over, who is frail, sick or disabled, and without a pension or permanent source of income, compensation or financial assistance from his relatives to meet his needs. or their basic needs.

In a statement, Secretary Erwin T. Tulfo expressed his gratitude to lawmakers for going the extra mile to increase the pension for indigent seniors.

While DSWD welcomes the move to pass this measure, it also calls on lawmakers in both houses to prioritize the allocation of funds for the program to effectively implement the provisions of RA No. 11916, thus preventing said law from ending. in the form of an unfunded mandate.

“Aayusin na ng DSWD implementing rules and regulations (IRRs) and making additional funding available as part of our focus,” the secretary said.

The Ministry is also committed to consulting and working closely with its other stakeholders, in particular the National Commission for the Elderly (CNSC), to improve program implementation guidelines.

Through this legislation, the Department assures the elderly sector of continued support from the government to cover their daily subsistence as well as their medical needs.

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