Monthly pensions of indigent senior citizens will soon be delivered door-to-door –DSWD

February 15, 2016 11:18 pm 

By Leilani S. Junio

MANILA, Feb. 15 (PNA) — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said on Monday it will soon adopt on a nationwide scale the door-to-door delivery of the monthly pensions of indigent senior citizens.

The new system is in recognition of the health and physical limitations of pensioners under the Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens of the agency.

“The DSWD is adopting this scheme to make it more convenient for our older persons who have difficulty in traveling. Likewise, by delivering their pensions right to their doorsteps, they can save on transportation expenses in going to payout venues,” DSWD Secretary Corazon J. Soliman said.

According to Secretary Soliman, DSWD Field Offices (FOs) in Region III (Central Luzon) and the National Capital Region (NCR) already started the implementation of the scheme in October 2015 in partnership with the Philippine Veterans Bank (PVB) and the Philippine Postal Corporation (PhilPost) as conduits.

Under the door-to-door delivery scheme, DSWD provides the master list of beneficiaries to the conduits which, in turn, deliver the pension to the respective addresses of the beneficiaries.

The door-to-door payout must be completed within 30 calendar days from the receipt of the check and master list of pensioners by the conduit.

DSWD-FO III is implementing the scheme in 67 municipalities with a total of 29,985 beneficiaries.

As of Dec. 23, 2015, at least 26,757 senior pensioners have received their pension through the scheme.

DSWD-FO NCR, on the other hand, covers 10 cities with a total of 23,820 target beneficiaries. As of Dec. 23, 2015, a total of 17,758 seniors have received their pension via door-to-door delivery.

For this year 2016, DSWD targets to provide social pension to some 1,368,941 indigent persons 60 years old and above nationwide.

A Php500 monthly stipend is provided to indigent senior citizens by the agency under its Social Pension Program.

The DSWD is pursuing the program in compliance with Republic Act No. 9994, or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010, which mandates that indigent senior citizens should be issued a monthly stipend of Php500 to augment their daily subsistence and medical needs. (PNA)

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