Higher Social Pension For Indigent Senior Citizens, Approved!

From Php 500 to Php 1,000.

Indigent Senior Citizens will now receive Php 1,000 monthly pension allowance from the government after the bill seeking higher social pension for indigent elderly lapsed into law.

Who are qualified and how are they qualified?

The social pension is for elderly beneficiaries selected from the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR). The list of qualified beneficiaries is then validated at the local level.

The Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) from local government units also accept applications and submit their list to the LGU.

Basic qualifications are:

  • Aged 60 and older who are sick, frail, or with disability
  • Without pension from GSIS, SSS, AFPMBAI, and any other insurance company
  • No permanent source of income
  • No regular support from family or relatives

How is the pension distributed to the senior citizen benefiaries?

The cash allowance is paid every three months (total of Php 1,500 every payout). The payments are made by the DSWD or the LGU through door-to-door delivery. In cases when the beneficiary is unable to physically collect the cash due to health concerns, the allowance is sent through money remittance centers.

Republic Act 11916

Now that the bill to double the social pension of indigent senior citizens has lapsed into law, the government should hand out Php 3,000 every three months to qualified indigent senior citizen beneficiaries.

That’s a bit of good news for all our indigent Lolos and Lolas. Standby for the announcement when the new rate will become effective.

Good job, House of Representatives!


Manila Bulletin


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