Needy senior citizens without SSS or GSIS pension may apply for DSWD Social Pension.
The senior citizens are the most unnoticed sectors in the society. It is just so ironic that in their golden years, which should be treated as their time to enjoy, there are still who endure the pain of being ignored. In fairness to the government, there are plausible projects aiming to aid in the needs of the elderlies who belong to the marginalized sector. Aside from the most prominent discounts and perks on government and private institutions, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DWSD) encourages the indigent elders to apply for their Social Pension Program, as also featured on kickerdaily.com. If you are not receiving a pension from SSS and GSIS and you pass the eligibility requirements, you may receive a cash assistance of 500 pesos monthly or 1, 500 pesos per quarter.
Here are the requirements for you to be granted this aid:
- An elderly of at least 60 years old.
- A senior citizen who is not receiving a pension from SSS or GSIS.
You may submit your application documents (copy of senior ID, Certificate of indigence, and an accomplished application form) to the City Social Welfare and Development Office or at the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs. But according to Lei Madeline Espiritusanto, DSWD Regional Information Officer, those who will be newly approved to the program need to wait for the budget that will be released, since the current has already been allotted to the present pensioners. “They will wait until such time there will be replacement which happens by death or delisting of senior citizen pensioners,” Espiritusanto mentioned.