Social Pension Program is a government assistance of monthly stipend amounting to Php. 500.00 to augment daily subsistence and other medical needs of indigent senior citizen. This is in line with the fulfilment of the obligation of the government to the most vulnerable sector through social protection and for the full implementation of RA 9262 of the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.
The stipend is received by the beneficiary on a semestral basis, using the most cost-effective and efficient payment modality such as but not limited to direct payment to the beneficiary through cash advance by a designated Special Disbursing Officer (SDO), door to door delivery scheme or use of cash card depending on the availability of funds.
The program is the effort of the government to promote active ageing through social protection and support for the rights and welfare of senior citizens and their empowerment.
Social Pension Program refers its selections for the qualified potential beneficiaries based on the following eligibility criteria:
Sixty (60) years old and above whom are:
- Frail, sickly or with disability
- No pension from the Government Service Insurance System(GSIS), Social Security System(SSS), Phil. Veterans Affairs(PVAO), Armed Forces and Police Mutual Benefit Association, Inc. (AFPMBAI) or any other insurance company.
- No permanent source of income.
- No regular support from family or relatives for his/her basic needs.
Eligibility Assessment is conduct of interview and home visit to the identified senior citizens who were referred or endorsed by the Senior Citizens Organizations (SCOs), Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) Head and City/ Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (C/MSWDO). The assessment shall be conducted using the General Intake Sheet (GIS) to be administered by the C/MSWDO Social Worker to determine if the senior citizen is qualified for social pension based on eligibility criteria of the program.
The program aims to improve the living condition of senior citizens.
- To augment their capacity to meet daily subsistence and medical requirements.
- To reduce the incidence of hunger among indigent senior citizens; and
- To protect them from neglect, abuse or deprivation.
- International Commitments as a State party to the following:
- Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal 2: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
- Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing No. 52 – Promotion of programmes to enable all workers to acquire basic social protection/social security, including where applicable, pensions, disability insurance and health benefits.
- National Laws
- Section 11, Article XIII, 1987 Philippine Constitution –“The State shall adopt an integrated and comprehensive approach to health development which shall endeavor to make essential goods, health and other social services available to all the people at affordable cost. There shall be priority for the needs of the underprivileged, sick, elderly, disabled, women, and children. The State shall endeavor to provide free medical care to paupers”.
- Section 4, Article XV, 1987 Philippine Constitution –“The family has the duty to care for its elderly members but the State may also do so through just programs of social security”.
- Section 1, Article 20, Rule V, Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 9994 – “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”.