The Department of Social Welfare and Development said it is targeting to provide monthly stipend to 2.8 million indigent senior citizens this year. The allotment has been doubled from the total target beneficiaries of the program in 2016 which is more than 1.3 million.
Likewise, thee approved budget allocation for the program’s implementation this year amounts to P17,940,258,000, more than twice the amount allocated last year which was P8,711,203,000.
The SPISC is the government’s assistance, in the amount of P500 for poor seniors to augment their daily subsistence, including their medical needs.
The program was started in 2011 through Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010. It aims to improve the living condition of eligible indigent senior citizens and to protect them from neglect and deprivation.
Who are eligible for the DSWD senior citizen social pension program?
The target beneficiaries are seniors:
- aging 60 years old and above
- who are frail, sickly or with disability
- with no regular income or support from family and relatives, and
- without pension from private or government institutions
According to the DSWD, a total of 1,331,747 senior citizens or 96.79 percent of the target 1,375,970 beneficiaries for 2016 were able to receive their social pension as of January 31. The conduct of payout is still ongoing for the remaining 44,223 beneficiaries.
What are the requirements?
Senior citizens qualified within the eligibility criteria may apply for the social pension program at the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs, City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office, or the DSWD Regional Office.
The applicant or his/her representative should bring his/her OSCA ID and Birth Certificate or any document that could prove his/her date of birth.