DSWD allocates P1.23B for 2012 social pension of senior citizens

July 26, 2012 9:45 pm 

MANILA, July 26 — The government has allocated this year some P1.23 billion for the social pension of 185,914 indigent senior citizens nationwide .

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Soliman oon Thursday said to date,some P498 million have been released by the DSWD for the implementation of the program.

The social pension program is provided under Republic Act No. 9994, also known as the Expanded Senior Citizens Act (ESCA) of 2010.

The law intends to serve indigent senior citizens who are frail, sickly and disabled, without any regular source of income and/or support from any member of the family, and not receiving other pension benefits from government and private agencies.

On the other hand, the DSWD has allocated P2.8 billion for the Supplementary Feeding program for 2012. As of June 29, the program has benefitted 1,745,079 day care children in 17 regions, including the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

The supplementary feeding program is the DSWD’s contribution to the early childhood care and development which aims to improve and sustain nutritional status of pre-schoolers three to five years old. Under the program, children currently enrolled in day care and supervised neighborhood play are given hot meals composed of rice and viand for a period of six months or 120 days. (PNA)



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