3RD QUARTER

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  • The DSWD is accepting applicants for its Social Pension Program
  • Qualified applicants are senior citizens 60 years old and above without SSS and GSIS pensions
  • Applicants must bring their senior citizen identification card and certificate of indigency that can be secured from the barangay where applicants live
A DSWD official said eligible to apply are the following:
  1. Senior citizens 60 years old and above
  2. Senior citizens without pension from the Social Security System or SSS
  3. Senior Citizens without pension from the Government Service Insurance System
Lei Madeline Espiritusanto, DSWD Regional Information Officer, said applicants must bring with them their senior citizen identification card and a certificate of indigency, which can be secured from the barangay where the applicant resides, upon application for the program.
Espiritusanto said applicants will be assessed by a social worker who will endorse the application to a DSWD regional office for final approval.
If approved, the applicants will be entitled to receive P1,500 per quarter (equivalent to P500 monthly).
However, Espiritusanto clarified that qualified applicants will not immediately receive the social pension. They will be included in the DSWD pension waitlist first because the funds for Social pension Program have already been apportioned to the existing social pensioners.
“They will wait until such time there will be replacement which happens by death or delisting of senior citizen pensioners,” she said.
Applicants can submit their application documents through the City Social Welfare and Development Office or at the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs.

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