Indigent elderly in Caraga receive 6-month social pension

Published July 7, 2020, 9:20 AM

by Mike Crismundo

BUTUAN CITY – The regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has already served 157, 587 indigent senior citizen beneficiaries under the Social Pension (SocPen) program amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis in the first semester of the year.

“As of June 2020, the agency already completed its payout to these indigent senior citizens in Caraga region despite of the COVID-19 pandemic,” DSWD 13 Regional Director Mita Chuchi Gupana-Lim told The Manila Bulletin on Tuesday.

To date, the total number of beneficiaries in Caraga was over 93 percent out of the targeted 170,000 indigent senior citizens to receive the P 500 monthly government pension for the first semester of 2020.

Beneficiaries of the 73 municipalities of Northeastern Mindanao or Caraga region received their six-months’ worth social pension covering the months of January – June 2020 amounting to a total of P 472,761,000. 

The breakdown of the 157,587 beneficiaries out of the five provinces were Agusan del Norte, 34, 685; Agusan del Sur, 39, 357; Dinagat Islands, 11, 239; Surigao del Norte, 31,888; and, Surigao del Sur, 40, 418.

The DSWD Caraga Region 13 has already served 157, 587 out of the 170,000 targeted indigent senior citizen beneficiaries of the Social Pension (SocPen) program amid the COVID-19 crisis as of June 2020. 

Each beneficiary was given six-months’ worth of social pension covering the months of January – June 2020 amount to P 3,000.

The program is known as a non-contributory pension that aims to augment the daily subsistence and other medical needs of senior citizens. 

The government assistance of a monthly stipend amounting P 500 is one of the obligations of the government as to the full implementation of RA 9262 of the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.

DSWD specifies the guidelines as to the seniors qualified to receive social pension as mandated by Memorandum Circular No.4  S. 2019. Hence, not all indigent senior citizens will receive the monthly P 500 pension from the government.

In a press release, the regional office of DSWD 13 assured the public that they are adhering the existing safe and health protocols to determine the best payout method to lessen the exposure of beneficiaries and personnel to the global phase of pandemic alert caused by corona virus disease.