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Social welfare office set to release social pension, financial aid for health care

SOCIAL PENSION. Elderly Tabuk residents apply for their social pension worth P500 a month or P3,000 for the first six months for their subsistence. The amount is set for release starting March 22 until 26. Photo from Tabuk City Kalinga Facebook page

TABUK CITY, Kalinga. – Some 4,704 indigent senior citizens will soon receive their first semester social pension for this year.

Set to be released from March 22-26 by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and announced by the Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA), each of the poor elderlies will receive P3,000 covering a six month-period, from January-June, said Esperita Gamatero of the OSCA.

Unclaimed social pensions from last year will also be released, she added.

The money from the DSWD will be used for the purchase of food, medicines and other necessary items for nourishment.

The social pension will be distributed by representatives from the DSWD – Cordillera office and to be assisted by OSCA and City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) personnel. The distribution will be held in the barangay halls of each barangays, she added.

Claimants must bring photocopy of their senior citizen ID, and to observe health and safety protocols during the pay-out.

She added that application to avail of the social is still on-going. at the OSCA. The applicant must present an indigency certificate and a valid identification card and must undergo an interview as basis of determining their eligibility to the program.

Social pension is a government assistance program providing monthly stipend of P500 to poor senior citizens. 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.

Meanwhile, indigents needing financial aid for medical purpose can avail of a maximum P5,000 in cash assistance from the CSWDO through the Aide to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS).

City socal welfare officer Bella Margarita Manuel said this week that the fund can be availed of at her office for clients undergoing lifetime medical procedure like dialysis, regular chemotherapy sessions, or those with high hospital bills.

Manuel said that the P5,000 ceiling was set since funding for the AICS is limited so that they can accommodate more clients who are in dire situations.

However, assisted clients may still ask for help from other agencies if they think they needed more, she added.

Mayor Darwin Estranero assured that there is regular fund allotted for the AICS program to help more individuals needing financial assistance.

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