Mano po! Mayor Lani says 3,828 seniors added to pension program

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has granted Taguig City an additional 3,828 beneficiary slots for the government’s social pension program for senior citizens, Mayor Lani Cayetano said on Sunday (April 2).

This means that the total beneficiaries from Taguig are now 8,071–a 90 percent jump from last year’s figure of 4,243.

Cayetano said the grant came as a result of the City’s 88 percent efficiency rate regarding the distribution of social pensions for elderly persons in the 3rd quarter of 2016.

Ramonita Jordan, head of the Office for Senior Citizen Affairs (OSCA), said a P1,500 social cash pension is given quarterly to the beneficiaries. Indigent senior citizens are gathered depending on their barangays for the distribution.

For the first quarter of 2017, the social pension distribution will run for seven days from April 3-5 at the Ususan Covered Court, April 6-7 at the North Signal Plaza 7 and April 10-11 at the Taguig Lakeshore Hall.

Pensioners are required to bring their senior citizen ID card and a signed photocopy of the said ID card.

Authorized representatives should bring an authorization letter, the senior citizen card of the beneficiary, a valid ID card and a photo of the senior citizen holding a newspaper dated before the scheduled payout.

The recipients are indigent senior citizens of the city who have documents which prove that they are not receiving any pension from other government agencies like the Social Security System (SSS), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO).