Pursuant to the eligibility criteria as may be determined by the DSWD, indigent senior citizens shall be entitled to a monthly stipend amounting to Five hundred pesos (Php 500.00) to augment the daily subsistence and other medical needs of senior citizens. The grant of social pension shall be subject to a review every two (2) years by Congress, in consultation with the DSWD within three months after convening the Congress.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) aims to cater all senior citizens in the country aging 60 years old and above to be included in the list of pensioners under the Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens (SPISC) program.
In the budget set by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), they allocated P17.9 billion for SPISC beneficiaries, which is twice higher as compared to the P8.7 billion budget last year. Thus, the DSWD’s target beneficiaries have also increased to 2.8 million from 1.3 million in 2016.
All senior citizens could be enrolled under SPISC unlike before when applicants have to wait for replacement and this only happens through death or delisting of senior citizen pensioners. In 2016, DSWD-Davao has assisted 82,531 indigent senior citizens who are entitled to receive P1,500 social pension per quarter or equivalent to P500 per month.
The qualified senior citizens may apply at the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA), the City or Municipal Social Welfare Development Office or a DSWD Regional Office. Applicants or their representatives must bring an Osca ID, birth certificate and certificate of indigency upon the application of the program.
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However, only citizens aged 60 and above who have no pension from private or government institutions, regular income, or support from their families may enroll in the program while those who have pensions from Social Security System (SSS) or Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) are not qualified.
See the Republic Act No. 9994 here, http://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/2010/02/15/republic-act-no-9994/
Or see the PDF belowwww-officialgazette-gov-ph
Senior citizens are granted several benefits and privileges (which are listed in the next tab) under Republic Act No. 9994 and Republic Act No. 10645. In order to avail of these benefits, the senior citizen or his/her authorized representative shall present a valid and original Senior Citizens’ Identification Card.
A Senior Citizens’ Identification Card is issued by the Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) in the city or municipality where the senior citizen resides. Documentary requirements vary per municipality, but the basic qualifications based on RA 9994 are as follows:
- Must be a Filipino citizen who is a resident of the Philippines
- Must be 60 years old or above
- May apply to senior citizens with dual citizenship provided that they prove their Filipino citizenship and have at least six months residency in the Philippines