AT LEAST 2,000 elderly who are 60 years old and above in Cebu City received yesterday P1,500, or three months worth of social pension from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 7.
In an interview, Department of Social Welfare and Services (DSWS) head Lea Japson said the DSWD coordinated with the City Government in identifying the “poorest of the poor”.
“These are elderly who are not receiving any pension from the government or any private institution,” she said.
Yesterday’s beneficiaries were also not registered and included in the City’s P12,000 annual cash aid for the elderly, Japson said.
Unlike the City Government’s requirement for beneficiaries of the financial assistance for senior citizens, the social pension, funded by the national government, does not require the elderly to be registered voters of the city.
The beneficiaries were interviewed and visited by DSWS personnel to check whether they are qualified for the social pension program.
From 300 identified pensioners last January, Japson said the DSWD has since added more than 1,500 elderly to their list of beneficiaries.
The social pension program was launched to help senior citizens who cannot afford their needs, especially for their maintenance medicines. The grant is subject to review every two years by Congress.