The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – Region 11 completed Friday the release of a total of PHP2,292,000 for 1,528 indigent senior citizens.

The cash release was made this early even as it should cover the first quarter of 2017 or from January to March.

The Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office and the Municipal Treasurer’s Office divided the 22 barangays (villages) into three for the three-day release of the pension starting last Wednesday.

Every indigent senior citizen aged 65 years old and above is entitled to receive 500 monthly pension. The age qualification eligible to receive a social pension was lowered from 77 years old to 65 years old. It was approved under the General Appropriations Act for CY 2015.