DAVAO CITY – A total of 198,594 indigent senior citizens of the 264,792 region-wide beneficiaries have already received their social pension for the second semester from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office XI to date.

To ensure safety among the beneficiaries and department employees, the payouts are closely coordinated with the local government units (LGUs) so that the required social distancing and wearing of face masks and face shields are strictly observed.

The department reiterates its previous advisory and reminder that the beneficiaries may send a representative to claim their social pension on their behalf considering the protocols set in place that may cause them inconvenience or difficulty.

Ongoing payouts are conducted for the remaining beneficiaries in Davao City and separate payouts have been arranged for those who were not able to claim the grants in the provinces.

The beneficiaries will receive six months’ worth of their social pension amounting to P3,000.

Beneficiaries of the Social Pension Program are senior citizens (60 years old and above) who are frail, sickly, or have disabilities; not receiving pension from Social Security System (SSS), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) or from the Armed Forces of the Philippines Mutual Benefit Association; and do not have a permanent source of income or regular support from family or relatives. ###