More than 4,000 senior citizens of Tacloban City will receive their social pension as the City Social Welfare and Development Office releases their government stipend on Feb. 5 until the last week of the month.
“The welfare of senior citizens is one of my priority concerns. The CSWDO gives them financial assistance, medical assistance and burial assistance, among others,” said Tacloban City Mayor Cristina Gonzales Romualdez.
A total of 4,373 senior citizens will receive their pension pay-out of P1,500 that covers the last quarter of 2017.
“Social pensioners use the monthly stipend of P500 to buy necessities such as food and medicines. We also learned that the allowance keeps the elderly recipients motivated and active in any activity related to their sector. This is very important for me—to keep our elderly happy and dynamic,” added Romualdez.
Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 states that Filipino citizens who are sickly, disabled, have no income or any other means of livelihood, no pension from private and government pension bodies, and no regular support from relatives are qualified for the pension program.
Pension applications are accepted at the Office of Senior Citizens Affairs. Requirements are a filled-out application form, a copy of the applicant’s baptismal or live birth certificate, and barangay certification.