THE distribution of the social pension in Central Visayas for the first semester of this year is nearing completion as its payout coverage is already close to 96 percent.
Rebecca Geamala, Department of Social Welfare and Development-Central Visayas (DSWD 7) director, said a total of 265,055 indigent senior citizens in the region had received their P3,000 social pension for the first semester of 2020 as of Thursday, June 11.
This amounted to a total of P813,837,000 or 95.76 percent of their total target number of beneficiaries, she said.
She said those remaining 11,233 listed indigent senior citizens may go to their respective local government units (LGUs) to claim their individual pension.
The payout in the region started last April 22.
Social Pension is a program under Republic Act 9994 or the “Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010” which provides a monthly stipend of P500 to indigent senior citizens to augment their daily subsistence and other medical needs.
It is distributed on a semestral basis at P3,000 per semester or for six months.
Geamala said those who failed to claim their social pension because of the mobility concerns may issue an authorization to their family members with their identification cards and present this to their local social welafre and development officer so they could claim their pension.
Due to travel restrictions and the health threat posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the DSWD 7 entered into a memorandum of agreement with the LGUs of the region to ensure the distribution of the cash grants in accordance with the DSWD’s list of beneficiaries.
Geamala then advised those LGUs that are yet to finish their social pension payout to hasten their distribution and liquidation so that they can now start with the distribution of the second tranche of the Social Amelioration Program or SAP. (WBS with PR)