Around 140,000 indigent senior citizens have already received their advanced social pension equivalent to six months for 2020 amounting to Php3,000 according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to support their daily subsistence and medical needs in the middle of the COVID-19 outbreak.
DSWD spokesperson Director Irene Dumlao said that field offices have started to transfer funds to local government units for distribution of the social pension, which amounts to Php500 per month. Additionally, she said that the recipients need not to go out of the house as the cash will be delivered straight to their doorsteps.
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The Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens (SPISC) program was established for the purpose of improving the standards of living of senior citizens. To qualify, they must be either frail, sickly or with disability, not receiving pension from any government agency, no permanent source of income and not regularly supported by family or relatives.