THE local government of Magalang has started distributing P2.9 million worth of social pension to some 2,893 senior citizens residing in different villages all over this agricultural town.

The Municipal Government, under the leadership of Mayor Romy Pecson, has given away the funds to Magalang residents with ages 70 and above.

Pecson and Councilor Koko Gonzales led the recent distribution of last quarter social pension to the elderly living in San Isidro.

The mayor, who is seeking reelection in next year's polls, said the social pension for the seniors is one of the programs he promised when he regained his post as local chief executive in 2019.

The beneficiaries were qualified based on the list of the local social welfare office and the Office of the Seniors Citizens Affairs or OSCA.

"Sa susunod na taon 2022, dadagdagan pa po natin ang mga beneficiaries ng social pension dito sa ating bayan upang matugunan ang kanilang pangangailangan sa pagkain at gamot ngayong na patuloy pa rin nating nararanasan ang epekto ng pandemya sa ating ekonomiya," Pecson said.

Relatives of qualified elderly may coordinate with senior citizens office in their respective barangays, according to the mayor.

"Makipag-ugnayan sa asosasyon ng senior citizens sa inyong barangay upang malaman kung kuwalipikado ang inyong lola o lolo," Pecson said.