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Indigent senior citizen aged 60 and above may now avail of the Social Pension Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), according to an official from the said agency.
DSWD Regional Information Officer Lei Madeline Espiritusanto said requirements for the said program are as follows: indigent senior citizens 60 years old and above, and senior citizens without pension from the Social Security System (SSS) or Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).

Applicants must bring with them their senior citizen identification card and certificate of indigency on the date of application to the program.

Espiritusanto said the applicants will be evaluated by the social workers and will be recommended to the DSWD regional office for final approval.

They are permitted to receive P1,500 social pension per quarter.

However, Espiritusanto said the qualified applicants are not expected to immediately receive pension since they will be included in the pensioners’ waitlist, first.

“They will wait until such time there will be replacement which happens by death or delisting of senior citizen pensioners,” Espiritusanto said.
The funds of the DSWD aimed for Social Pension Program have already been allocated to the program’s existing social pensioners aged 65 and above.

The application documents can be submitted through the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) or at the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (Osca).

Source: Sun Star

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