DSWD-X Grants Social Pension to Indigent Senior Citizens of Valencia City

The City Social Welfare and Development Office facilitated the release of the social pension for the first quarter of 2016 to indigent senior citizens of Valencia City.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has lowered the age qualification of indigent senior citizens, and since 2015, indigent senior citizens aged 65 and above will now receive P500 monthly Social Pension.

A total of 615 indigent senior citizens in Valencia City received P1,500.00 (One Thousand Five Hundred) each.

Qualified to receive the P500 monthly stipend are senior citizens who are frail, sickly, or have disabilities; are not receiving pension from Social Security System (SSS), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), or Veterans Pension; and do not have a permanent source of income or regular support from relatives.

Acting CSWDO Ms. Vicky Lyn C. Acuesta-Duron said that based on the Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010, indigent senior citizens aged 60 years old and above are entitled to monthly pension, however, due to limited government resources only those 77 and above were covered by the law up to 2014, but since 2015, DSWD’s proposal to lower the age of qualification to 65 was approved by Congress and Senate and has been included in the General Appropriations Act of 2015.

“DSWD-X has identified 615 indigent senior citizens from the 31 barangays of Valencia City and CSWDO Valencia City facilities the distribution of the pension every quarter,” Duron said.