138,960 indigent senior citizens get P500 monthly social pension


A June 3, 2011 press release by the Department of Budget and Management
Secretary Abad: 1 million indigent senior citizens to be provided with social pension by 2012
A total of 138,960 indigent senior citizens throughout the country get their monthly social pension, as the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released P435.5 million for the Social Pension fund of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Budget and Management Secretary Florencio B. Abad said the release will cover funding requirements for the monthly social pension of P500 for covered indigent senior citizens.
“This program is in line with the government’s obligation to protect the most vulnerable sectors of society. Under the Expanded Senior Citizens Act, indigent senior citizens are eligible to receive social pension to help them with their basic needs, such as food and medicine,” he said.
“For 2011, the national government has allocated P871 million for the program that benefits 138,960 indigent senior citizens. Region 5 has the most number of recipients with 13,348, followed by Region 6 with 12,981 and Region 8 with 11,532,” he said.
He said the fund release will cover the seniors’ benefits for the first semester of 2011, and another P435.5 million will be released by DBM on July this year to cover for the second half of the year. Likewise, DBM has released an additional P11.185 million to DSWD for its assistance program for older person and persons with disabilities.
REGIONNO. OF SOCIAL PENSIONERSTOTAL
I10,986P65,916,000
II3,07418,444,000
III8,46050,760,000
IV-A6,25137,506.000
IV-B6,05436,324,000
V13,34880,088,000
VI12,98177,886,000
VII11,40268,412,000
VIII11,53269,192,000
IX11,43568,610,000
X9,35456,124,000
XI7,34744,082,000
XII5,06430,384,000
NCR2,65715,942,000
CAR3,56621,396,000
CARAGA9,37556,250,000
ARMM6,07436,444,000
Administrative Cost 37,240,000
Total for Social Pension138,960P871,000,000
Abad also said DSWD has proposed the expansion of the social pension program to reach more than a million indigent senior citizens throughout the country by 2012.
By the law’s definition, the target beneficiaries of the program are indigent senior citizens who are frail, sick, disabled, not receiving any pension, without permanent source of income, or regular support from families or relatives.