Because of this, the Department of Social Welfare Development (DSWD) started their new program called DSWD Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens (SPISC).
Under the Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010, the program started on 2011 which purpose is to improve living situations of qualified indigent senior citizens, most specially those who are deprived and neglected by their families. The agency's target is to provide financial support to 2.8 million senior citizens for the current year wherein last year's was only 1.3 million.
The alloted budget for this year is Php17,940,258,000 while last year was only Php8,711,203,000.
Who can apply for the SPISC?
- A person who is 60 years or older;
- Senior citizens who are ill, frail, or with disability;
- With no regular income or support from family members and relatives; and
- Without pension from private government institutions.
What are the requirements for this SPISC?
Senior citizens who are interested in the program are expected to submit the following:
- Office of the Senior Citizens Affair (OSCA) ID
- (Not required but strong proof) 1 valid government ID
- Birth Certificate or any proof that states the date of birth
Once all of these are completed, qualified senior citizens may apply for the pension program at:
- Office of the Senior Citizen Affairs
- City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office
- DSWD Regional Office
The SPISC’s monthly assistance provides Php1, 500.00 quarterly (every 3 months) or Php500.00 per month. This would improve budget for their daily needs including medical needs.
**As of February-March 2017**
According to the DSWD, 1,331,747 senior citizens or 96.79% of the target 1,375,970 beneficiaries for 2016 were able to receive their social pension as of January 31. The conduct of payout is still ongoing for the remaining 44,223 beneficiaries; some of these numbers might have received theirs but we do not have a definite number.
It is relevant for us to know these types of programs for the benefit of senior citizens. Although what the DSWD gives is not of a big amount, it can still change the way they live throughout each month with the help of SPISC.