DSWD assures elders of improved benefits

October 2, 2014 1:36 am 

MANILA, Oct. 1 — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Wednesday assured indigent elders that it is continuously finding ways to provide better health services for them.

In the speech of DSWD Undersecretary Florita Villar delivered by Jacel Paguia, DSWD National Capital Region (NCR) assistant regional director, the official stressed that the DSWD is one with the elders in its fight for their rights, benefits and other support they deserve from the government.

“Part of our vision is extending better quality of lives for elders, children and to all the vulnerable or poorest sectors of the society. Therefore, we remain committed in moving towards the direction of bringing a humane and caring society for all,” she said in Filipino during the opening ceremony of the kick-off activity for the elderly Filipino Week at the MOA in Pasay City.

She added that as what the elders exemplified in the “Walk for Life 2014” activity, their determination in seeking ways to improve their welfare and benefits is appreciated. She said more government agencies and non-governmental organizations are pushing for more benefits for the seniors.

She thanked the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) of the local government units (LGUs), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and other agencies as well as non-governmental organizations like Coalition of Services for the Elderly (COSE) and other others who support the advocacy on pushing for the upliftment of services for the elderly.

One of the services being provided by the DSWD to old and frail senior citizens who does not receive any pension from Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Social Security System (SSS) and other insurance agencies is the provision of P500 monthly pension.

The pension is given to qualified senior citizens whose age is 77 years old and above.

During a budget hearing last month, the DSWD sought to lower the age of seniors receiving pension from to at least 67 years old, if it is not yet possible to lower it to 60 years old, as part of inclusive growth that seniors will not be left behind in their old age.

“Let us all remember that elders did a great contribution to us. We will not have great leaders today if we do not have these elders who reared us and had brought us to where we are today,” said Jorge Banal, a former congressman of Quezon City who hosted the event.

He added that it will be good if more people can be caring, understanding and concerned towards the conditions of the senior citizens who need more assistance and benefits as they reach their twilight years. (PNA)



One Response to “DSWD assures elders of improved benefits”

  1. bernie S. Andres on October 2nd, 2014 1:14 pm

    kung alam nyo lang ang mga nararanasan ng mga matatanda ngayon…..ni hindi binibigyan ng informasyon kung ano ang kanilang mga karapatan bilang matatanda
    ang mga napagtatanungan nyo na akala nyo ay mga tapat sa ganitong advocasiya ay syang nag papahirap sa mga matatanda matagal ng naghihirap……bakit kailangan pang pong 77 yrs old eh ang sa batas 60 years old dito lang mas lalo nyo lang pinahihirap ang matatanda