PASAY CITY, Philippines, Dec. 1 -- The Philippines House of Representatives (16th Congress) issued the following news release:
A lawmaker has filed a proposed measure giving indigent senior citizens a monthly pension of P1,000 per month from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Rep. Winston Castelo (2nd District, Quezon City) said House Bill 2958 shall cover senior citizens who are not beneficiaries of the Social Security System (SSS), Government Security and Insurance System (GSIS), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)-Mutual Benefit Association, Inc. or of any other insurance company.
"There is a need to create the Special Social Pension Program to fully democratize social and welfare benefits for those indigent senior citizens," Castelo said.
Castelo said indigent senior citizens are those who are frail, sickly, with disabilities and without pension or a permanent source of income or support from the members of his family.
Under the bill, senior citizens should pass the requirement of the DSWD National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR).
The highest priority shall be extended to senior citizens 80 years old and above, followed by those 70 to 79 years old and those 60 to 69 years old.
Castelo said the estimated 1.3 million senior citizens living in ARMM and Regions V, VI and VII, which are considered poor areas in the country, would be given priority in the implementation of the proposed act.
Castelo said senior citizens in other areas especially those living in the squatter areas and remote barangays of the country are also in the priority list.
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