NETIZENS lauded the approval of the P1,000 increase in the Social Security System (SSS) pension but also criticize the corresponding increase in monthly premium contributions for members.
An informal poll conducted by SunStar Philippines elicited positive but also negative sentiments from people from different walks of life.
Ermelinda Montejo said: "Thank you Tatay Digong for always thinking what's best to ease the poverty of the ordinary men, women & children on the streets.... talagang mahal mo ang bayan at ang Tao!!!!"
A netizen named Batzs Wayne said, "The least he could do to help out the pensioner. I think that is already sufficient enough kaysa wala."
But to some, like academic Nefoi Luczon, Malacañang's announcement was like a drawn-out negotiations that finally came to a head.
"So that's what "win-win" is like. Murag negotiations," Luczon commented when asked on his reaction to the presidential announcement.
Last December, President Rodrigo Duterte backtracked on his campaign promise to release the P2,000 across-the-board-increase but Malacañang officials said the president was merely finding a "win-win" solution to it.
On Tuesday, Duterte through Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Labella announced the approval of the monthly pension, which will be effective this month.
Luczon added the next step government should do is to "re-amend" some provisions of the SSS law particulary on the hefty bonuses that its ranking officials receive.
Jeffrey Robin Avorque, a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) team leader from Tacloban City, who responded with a "Thank you berry match!" to the poll, shared Luczon's view but more upfront in calling out SSS officials.