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‘Di nakakalimutan kahit krisis! Isko Moreno assures regular release of pension to elderly

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Manila Mayor Isko Moreno has assured senior citizens in the city that they will continue to receive their monthly pension despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moreno made the assurance on June 18 as he vowed that the backlog of unissued PayMaya cash cards will be cleared before October this year.

The Manila City government then entered into a memorandum of agreement with PayMaya to provide cash cards which will streamline the turnover of the monthly allowance to senior citizens.

Senior citizens in Manila are entitled to a P500 monthly pension under City Ordinance No. 8565.

Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) chief Marjun Isidro said the turnover of the city monthly pension to senior citizens will be retroactive. This means senior citizens will receive their complete pension from January to October if the PayMaya cash cards will be issued in October.

“We need all the help we can get. We are dealing with almost 170,000 senior citizens, and backlog (of unissued cash cards) is about 120,000 of the total registered seniors,” Isidro said.