Bill seeking social pension increase for elderly lapses into a law


MANILA, PHILIPPINES — A bill has been passed to increase the social pension of indigent senior citizens.

Senate Majority Leader Joel Villanueva, the bill’s sponsor in the 18th Congress, supplied a copy of Malacañang’s letter, signed by Executive Secretary Victor Rodriguez, informing the Senate president that Republic Act No. 11916 lapsed on July 30.  

“Happy birthday! Praise God!!! We are now doubling the social pension of indigent senior citizens. Thank you, thank you,” the senator, who is celebrating his birthday, said in a message to reporters.

Watch Villanueva’s presser below:

The measure doubles the monthly pension of impoverished senior citizens from Php 500 to Php 1,000.

Earlier, Senator Villanueva remarked that the P500 monthly pension allocation for the indigent elderly is insufficient to cover their everyday needs and medical expenses.

Aside from cash distribution, to make it more accessible for older residents will offer other payout alternatives. 

According to the law, the beneficiary will not cover transaction fees.

The measure also moves the implementation, distribution, and management of senior citizens’ social pensions from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to the National Commission of Senior Citizens (NCSC) for three years.

In May, the Senate adopted the proposed Act Increasing the Social Pension of Indigent Senior Citizens and Appropriating Funds on the third and final reading. – WhatALife!/Brix

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