DAVAO CITY – At least 284,700 indigent senior citizens in the region have benefited from the Social Pension (SocPen) for Indigent Senior Citizens program during the third quarter of 2022.
In a statement Wednesday, the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Davao Region (DSWD-11) said it has wrapped up its third quarter payout and disbursed a total of PHP420 million or about 98.36 percent for the whole Davao Region.
“This successful payout was made possible through the help of various Municipal/City SWDO’s and other local government units,” the agency said.
The DSWD-11 also added that the fourth (last) quarter payout will begin between October to December this year.
Teofista Baroy, one of the beneficiaries from Barangay New Visayas Montevista, Davao de Oro thanked the government for the cash assistance.
“Thank you DSWD, I can buy medicine for my asthma. I can also have my eyes checked,” she was quoted as saying.
SocPen for Indigent Senior Citizens Program is in line with the fulfillment of the obligation of the government to the most vulnerable sector through social protection and for the full implementation of RA 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.
The program provides a monthly stipend amounting to PHP500 to augment the daily subsistence and other medical needs of indigent senior citizens.
The DSWD-11 said the program aims to improve the living condition of eligible indigent senior citizens in the region. (PNA)