DSWD says social pension schedule in Zamboanga Peninsula changed

Zamboanga City — The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Region 9 (DSWD-9) has changed the release of social pension to have ample time to validate the list of the beneficiaries.

Ivan Eric Salvador, DSWD-9 information officer, in a statement said Monday, April 29 the release of social pension in the region will be done by semester instead of the quarterly schedule.

He said the validation of the list of the social pension beneficiaries for the first semester has been completed last month.

The validation, he explained, was done to ensure that only the qualified beneficiaries will receive the social pension.

There is a total of 195,934 social pension beneficiaries in the entire region.

The social pensioners, who are senior citizens, are entitled to receive P500 monthly or a total of P3,000 every semester.

Qualified to benefit from the program are indigent senior citizens aged 60 and above, and senior citizens who do not have a Social Security System (SSS) or the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) pension. (jm)

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